Somali rebels accuse U.N. of exaggerating drought severity, playing politics
View Photo Gallery — Deepening humanitarian crisis in Somalia: U.N. officials are warning of a deepening crisis in East Africa caused by a severe drought and fighting in Somalia, where tens of thousands people — mostly children — have died.
By Ibrahim Mohamed, Friday, July 22, 5:01 AM
The United Nations on Wednesday declared famine in two pockets of southern Somalia, saying that 3.7 million people are at risk of starvation and that it is launching its biggest-ever relief effort.
“They have another objective, and it wouldn’t surprise us if they were politicizing the situation,” Rage said.
If the international community does not tackle the emergency swiftly, the U.N. has said, the famine will spread to all eight regions of southern Somalia.
This month, the rebels lifted a ban on food aid that they had said created dependency.
The U.N. World Food Program, which suspended its operations in the south in January of last year, said Thursday that it plans to start airlifts into the capital, Mogadishu, within days.