Saturday, September 17, 2011

Foreign Aid Workers, Journalists Banned from Areas Controlled by al-Shabaab

Foreign aid workers and journalists have been banned from entering areas controlled by al Shabaab insurgents after members of a Turkish charity group provided food to famine victims. This is not breaking news by any means, considering that most aid agencies have already ceased permitting their expatriate workers from operating inside Somalia, given the risk of violence, robbery and kidnapping.

COMMENT: A large part of Somalia is experiencing famine, which the United Nations says has put 750,000 people at risk of starvation, with hundreds of Somalis dying each day. Last week there was a report that Somalia is the one country in the world where starvation is the greatest cause of death for children under 5. On Thursday and Friday, police stopped aid workers and a group of journalists from visiting al Shabaab-controlled areas.

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