Jihad causes poverty, sometimes deliberately: for a totalitarian regime, controlling who eats and who does not eat is a morbidly effective means of controlling a population. “Somali rebels kill local aid worker,” by Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar for Reuters, January 13 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – 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 spokesman of the Ahlu Sunna militia group told Reuters on Friday.
He said the rebels had used a rocket propelled grenade.
Towfiq’s coordinator 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.…
And yet they also murdered the aid coordinator from Towfiq.