Red Cross suspends food aid to Somalia

2012-01-12 18:10

Geneva - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily suspending food operations in Somalia until local authorities better co-operate with distribution.

The head of the ICRC delegation for Somalia, Patrick Vial, says the decision was made because local authorities have been blocking food and seed supplies from reaching 240 000 people in central and southern Somalia since mid-December.

He said on Thursday the suspension would continue "until we receive assurances from the authorities controlling those areas that distributions can take place unimpeded and reach all those in need, as previously agreed".

The Red Cross is one of the few organisations providing humanitarian aid in these parts of Somalia and says it has helped 1.1 million people since October.

  • Jack - 2012-01-12 18:52

    About bloody time...they only now realize that they been supporting the pirates. All they do is take take take

      Wilbur - 2012-01-12 20:02

      So starving women and children are now pirates!? What a racist and insensitive remark.

      Lara - 2012-01-12 20:52

      Wilbur, do you know what the utmost in insensitivity is? Selling the food meant for starving people. This is why it is not reaching it's intended market.

      Wilbur - 2012-01-12 22:17

      @Lara Agreed. But the solution is to arrest the thieves - NOT let the innocent starving people suffer for their misdeeds. Red Cross can leave if they want. There's always Gift of the Givers.

  • Max - 2012-01-12 19:15

    Take your food and F-off. Africa is for Africans, you are only disturbing the natural balance of survival of the fittest and prolonging the inevitable.

      flyswat - 2012-01-12 19:41

      What I've been saying for years! They just perpetuate the pain and suffering. THey're adding to the population by just tying them over to breed yet a bit more. Leave them to their own devices for just a year and things will start to normalize again. If only they'd use that money to implement a sterilization programme instead!

  • polmash - 2012-01-12 20:19

    As a membr of RED CROSS i completely disagree with the decision that has been taken. Their mission is to alleviate human suffering, when everyone does nt care, and no one is helping we are the ones to stand and be human enough to help those in need, thse who are dying and have no wer to run to.

      flyswat - 2012-01-13 15:38

      You are not alleviating suffering by providing food aid; you're proloning suffering!

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