Somali rebels say UN using famine label for politics

Date: 22-07-2011 3:13 am (10 years ago) | Author: ELLA
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali Islamist rebels accused the United Nations Thursday of exaggerating the severity of the drought gripping the south of the country and of politicizing the humanitarian crisis.The United Nations has declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, saying that 3.7 million people risk starvation and that it is launching its biggest ever relief effort. The UN is calling the humanitarian crisis "the worst famine in a generation."
The south of the Horn of Africa country is largely controlled by the al-Qaida-linked militants whose four-year insurgency is widely blamed for exacerbating the impact of the drought.
"We say (the U.N. declaration) is totally, 100 percent wrong and baseless propaganda. Yes there is drought,nike jordan shox verkaufenbut the conditions are not as bad as they say," al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told a media briefing.
Story: UN officially declares famine in two regions of Somalia
"They have another objective and it wouldn't surprise us if they were politicizing the situation."
If the international community does not tackle the emergency swiftly, the famine will spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia, the United Nations has said.
Many people have fled the famine and continuing war, escaping to a refugee camp in eastern Kenya. So far 400,000 have made their way to the camp, and every day 1,500 more refugees arrive, according to NBC News' Rohit Kachroo.
"There's a mass of people coming from the primarily affected areas,"sweaters,jersey verkaufensaid Alun McDonald of Oxfam International. "People are walking maybe three weeks across the desert. They have very little water, very little food, and they're attacked on the way. Children get carried away by hyenas, and they get attacked by armed bandits."
Story: Famine in Somalia: How to help
One woman walked for almost a month to get to the camp with her five children, NBC News reported.
"They arrive in a camp that's already overcrowded and full, so they camp on the outskirts under trees or making shelters from bits of old cloth," McDonald said.
In early July, the rebels in Somalia lifted a ban on food aid, which they had said created dependency.
The U.N. World Food Program, or WFP, which suspended its operations in the south of the anarchic country in January 2010, said Thursday it planned to start airlifts into Mogadishu within days.
Wednesday it said food would be trucked southward to the two famine-hit regions of Bakool and Lower Shabelle.Kenya urged the WFP to open more feeding centers in Somalia to stem the flow of refugees across its porous border.


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