Somalia famine: Islamists keep aid workers out



International efforts to fight the famine in Somalia are in trouble now that Islamist groups in the country continue to deny access to aid workers.

Only the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Red Cross and Islamic Relief are not banned from working inside Somalia.

It means the European Union has the rely on these organisations to provide aid inside Somalia, and on camps like this one in Doolow, near the borders with Kenya and Ethiopia in areas that that are not controlled by Al Shabab.

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commisisoner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: “We can get aid into the famine zones and we also can make it possible for many more places in Somalia to be provided with food, water, medical support. So IDPs do not have to cross all the way into Ethiopia or in Kenya, creating a bigger refugee problem for the future.”

Somalia’s Al-Shabab islamist movement has said that the famine that has been declared by the United Nations was a ‘politically motivated lie’.

Al-Shabab has banned 16 aid organisations and also the World Food Programme from delivering aid in Somalia because it accuses them of spreading Christian thinking.

Since 2008, a total of 36 international aid workers have been killed while working in Somalia.
International efforts to fight the famine in Somalia are in trouble now that Islamist groups in the country continuing to deny access to aid workers.

Only the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Red Cross and Islamic Relief are not banned from working inside Somalia.

It means the European Union has the rely on these organisations to provide aid inside Somalia, and on camps like this one in Doolow, near the borders with Kenya and Ethiopia in areas that that are not controlled by Al Shabab.

Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commisisoner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: “We can get … famine results and we also can make it possible for many more places in Somalia to be provided with food, water, medical support. So IDPs do not have to cross all the way into Ethiopia or in Kenya, creating a bigger refugee problem for the future.”

Somalia’s Al-Shabab islamist movement has said that the famine that has been declared by the United Nations was a ‘politically motivated lie’.

Al-Shabab has banned 16 aid organisations and also the World Food Programme from delivering aid in Somalia because it accuses them of spreading Christian thinking.

Since 2008, a total of 36 international aid workers have been killed while working in Somalia.

About the author

wearecephalization

11 Comments

  • @ShwangShwing
    Direct aid is only helpful if it reduces an immediate crisis. Long term aid can work when it deals with the root causes of the problem not with the effects. Providing micro fiance, vaccinating children etc have done a lot to bring stability and growth in many regions.

  • So it's Allah's will that people starve to death rather than accept food from a Christian? If your faith is so weak that it cannot stand in the face of Christian charity then do you really have any faith at all? Let them feed the children!

  • UK has been sending millions to Africa over the last 40 years -where the fuk does it go? No doubt to terrorism,corrupt politicians,and govt officials to their bulging bank accounts.Somalia stinks of piracy,terrorism,corruption and civil war,nobody wants to go there and sort it-cos its a shithole.Some money should have gone to birth control,making wells for water and seeds to grow crops-it will be the same in another 40 years.

Leave a Comment