Starving Somalis trapped by Islamists

A monumental tragedy is shaping up in Somalia and it is totally man made. At least 3 million Somalis are at risk of starvation because the terrorist group Shabab is blocking them from leaving the country or traveling to find food. The crisis was precipitated when Shabab kicked western aid groups out of the areas they control while denying there was any famine at all. New York Times: The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory. The group is widely blamed for causing a famine in Somalia by forcing out many Western aid organizations, depriving drought victims of desperately needed food. The situation is growing bleaker by the day, with tens of thousands of Somalis already dead and more than 500,000 children on the brink of starvation. Every morning, emaciated parents with emaciated...(Read Full Post)

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