Wow: Terrorist Group al-Shabab is Delivering Food Relief to Drought-stricken Somalia

Internally displaced Somali people are seen outside their shelter after fleeing from drought stricken regions at a makeshift camp in Baidoa, west of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, on March 26, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Feisal Omar

Internally displaced Somali people are seen outside their shelter after fleeing from drought stricken regions at a makeshift camp in Baidoa, west of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, on March 26, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Feisal Omar

The Somalia-based Islamist militant group al-Shabab is distributing food to drought-stricken residents in southern parts of the war-torn country, as fears of impending famine grow.

The al-Qaida affiliate in East Africa is a brutal force that amputates and executes people, and flogs women in public.

But in mid-March it released photographs showing its fighters giving food relief to alleged residents of Lower Shabelle region. 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.

Both the U.N. and the African Union were considering talks with the group, since it controls the regions hit most by the drought.

“I agree that some form of contacts should be established with al-Shabab,” Bertin said. “We must try all things to bring stability to Somalia.”

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SOURCE: Fredrick Nzwili 
Religion News Service

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