Political Struggle in Somalia Preventing Relief of Famine-Inflicted Citizens

Jul 22, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Politics preventing much-needed relief for Somalia

According to CNN, the long-running political conflict in Somalia is making it hazardous for aid agencies to alleviate the damage being caused by the worst drought the country has seen in 60 years.

Parts of southern Somalia are struggling through their first famine in 19 years and the United Nations is urging relief groups and other international organizations to take action or the damages could spread.

"We still do not have all the resources for food, clean water, shelter and health services to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Somalis in desperate need," Mark Bowden, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, told the news source.

Al-Shabaab, a group of Islamic insurgents in connection with al Qaeda, controls a large portion of Somalia and has banned foreign aid workers and volunteers making it nearly impossible for aid to get to those who need it most, the news source states.