Somali aid group vows to continue work

2012-01-13 18:00

Mogadishu - Somali Islamist militants have killed the head of a food distribution charity in central Somalia, a pro-government militia said on Friday, the latest blow to the relief effort in the famine-hit country.

"The rebels killed Abdikarim Hashi Kediye, the head of Towfiq... and his driver yesterday afternoon between Dusamareb and Guriel," Sheikh Abdullahi Sheikh Abu Yusuf, the spokesperson of the Ahlu Sunna militia group told Reuters on Friday.

He said the rebels had used a rocket propelled grenade.

Towfiq's co-ordinator Abdullahi Mohamud Yaardi vowed to continue the group's humanitarian work in Somalia's Galgadud region, but the attack underscored the perilous conditions aid workers face in the anarchic country.

On Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) suspended food distribution to more than 1.1 million people in southern and central Somalia after the insurgents held up convoys carrying emergency food relief.

The ICRC said on Friday it expected explanations from local authorities linked to al-Shabaab about why its food consignment for hungry Somalis has been stuck for four weeks in Jowhar near Mogadishu for quality control.

"The longer we wait, of course, the food won't get any better," Benjamin Wahren, deputy ICRC head of operations for East Africa who is in charge of Somalia, told a news briefing in Geneva.

The ICRC's food supplies, intended for 240 000 people, have been offloaded from its 140 trucks into warehouses, he added.

Residents said al Shabaab wanted only Islamic agencies to provide aid in the areas it controls.

Aid agencies say a devastating drought in the Horn of Africa country last year has been compounded by fighting between the al Qaeda-linked rebel group and Kenyan troops deployed alongside Somali government forces in the south of the country.

Both al-Shabaab and the Somali army said they had inflicted casualties on the other in at least two incidents on Thursday.

Journalists are unable to report freely in the area.

Kenya sent its army into southern Somalia in October to crush the rebels' networks. Ethiopia has also deployed forces.

Read more on:    icrc  |  al-shabaab  |  somalia  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Climate change doesn't just mean melting ice caps it has devastating effects on global weather.



China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping
How safe are your baby products?

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.