It is feared tens of thousands have already died in the drought that has devastated Somalia.
A total of 10 million people are affected and yesterday the UN declared a famine in two regions of Somalia. It estimates 200,000 people have fled to Ethiopia or Kenya in search of food and many dead long the way.
Today the US Agency for International Development said it would allow funds (only $5,000,000) into areas controlled by militant group Al-Shabaab – but warned they would be withdrawn if the group tried to interfere. Dr Raj Shah, chief of the agency, said: “If [insurgents] are willing to allow access we are willing to stand fully with the humanitarian actors.” I think it obvious that he means Al-Shabaab when Dr. Raj Shah says “insurgents”
The UN has appealed for £184 million to cover the next two months, but the British aid agency Oxfam says £600 million will be needed as the famine drags on into next year.
The French government has requested the UN conference for Somalia to be held in her country―even thought it one of the countries accused of not contributing enough.
Also, the Oxfam charity has accused countries such France, Denmark, and Italy of being too slow and stingy with support. Of £140 million raised so far, £90 million is from Her Majesty’s Treasury and £24 million from the British public.
When it comes to contribution to famine-stricken Somalis, US has shown mean-spirited attitude toward Somalis by just contributing 2.5%, while it exert a politically unfavourable decision by creating unilateral aid sanction and forcing other generous donors countries to go along with the US or else…..,