Terrorist group al-Shabab delivers food relief to drought-stricken Somalia
Terrorist group al-Shabab delivers food relief to drought-stricken Somalia.
The al-Qaida affiliate in East Africa is a brutal force that amputates and executes people, and flogs women in public.
Media reports say the group has formed drought committees for food distributions in six regions under its control and has dug water canals for farmers.
Roman Catholic Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, said he’s not surprised the group is distributing food in areas where the government has not been as responsive.
The United Nations estimated about 6.2 million people in the country were in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
“The indicators are lining up dangerously with what we saw in the lead up to the 2011 famine,” said Victor Moses, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s country director in Somalia, in a media statement on March 29.
In 2011, al-Shabab attempts to distribute relief went awry, with the U.N. accusing the group of sabotaging relief food distribution after it allegedly attacked convoys, burned food and killed some aid workers.
It is not clear where the group is getting the aid, but its own network of sponsors and sympathizers are believed to be donating.
Protection money and extortion from businessmen and ordinary people are also believed to be funding the relief effort.
Alms in Islam — called “zakat” — is a religious obligation in which Muslims are required to give 2.5 percent of their incomes to the needy.