Illegal roadblocks worsen Somalia famine

From SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – CORRUPT government forces erecting illegal roadblocks to extort money from aid agencies are blamed for the impending famine in Somalia.
The government forces, said to be disgruntled at the government over remuneration, are worsening a situation already compromised by the Al-Shabaab terror group and clan militias and leaders making some areas where food aid must be distributed inaccessible.
The increased numbers of checkpoints on major aid supply routes, bureaucratic impediments and hefty illicit fees limit reach and increase delivery costs.
“Access restrictions are also the work of clan militias and disgruntled government and federal state forces engaging in predatory behaviour and routinely erecting barriers on major highways to extort money,” said a spokesperson of the International Crisis Group.
The organisation appealed to the government of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and federal states to ensure the dismantling of negotiating with clan militias and dismantle checkpoints set up by government forces.
Muslim community leaders and clerics have been urged to persuade Al-Shabaab to allow access to areas under its control.
Conflict-wracked Somalia is faced with mass hunger six years after a famine said to be man-made killed 250 000 people, mostly children. Twenty-five years ago another famine killed 300 000.
An estimated 6,2 million people – half the country’s population – are currently in danger.
CAJ News

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