A million people face starvation as terror threats decimate Somali food lifeline

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c115
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The United Nations World Food Programme has suspended operations in southern Somalia after recent terror threats, leaving a million people at risk of hunger because of the severe drought that is currently devastating the Horn of Africa.

    Last month the al Shabaab insurgent group issued draconian conditions for humanitarian organisations to continue working in the country—which included the payment of protection money and the stipulation that women only be employed in the health sector—and seized the offices of several aid agencies.

    Announcing the pull-out, the programme said, “Staff safety is a key concern for WFP [World Food Programme] and recent attacks, threats, harassment, and demands for payments by armed groups …

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