Anti-terror laws might hinder Somalia food aid

The terrorist group al-Shabab are saying nobody is starving in the areas they control in Somalia and have warned aid agencies to stay away. "Those earlier banned groups are not welcome to serve in our area of control," Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said in a broadcast on the Islamist Al Furqaan radio on Friday. "There is drought in Somalia but not famine - what is declared by the UN is 100 per cent false." "The declaration of famine is political and is a lie with hidden agendas," he added, saying only that there has been "a shortage of rain". The UN's World Food Programme (WFP), one of the aid groups banned by al- Shabab, said on Friday that it would fly aid into the capital "within days". Somalia is the worst affected country in the drought-hit Horn of Africa region, where the UN says that more than 3.7 million people are at risk of starvation. Meanwhile, US law that forbids any government money going to projects that might "materially benefit" terrorist groups. The...(Read Full Post)