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Monday, April 10, 2006

Lessons remain unlearned: UN aid convoy attacked in Somalia

Reported here:
Gunmen have ambushed a United Nations food convoy in Somalia, sparking a gun battle in which two escorts were killed and nine people injured.
The gunmen struck near Baidoa, seat of the interim Somali parliament, police and relief workers said.

The 72-lorry convoy managed to return to Baidoa with all its cargo of maize, beans, cooking oil and porridge intact.

An MP from the interim parliament tried to negotiate with the gunmen but was himself injured.

A BBC correspondent says that many militiamen who moved out of Baidoa several weeks ago to allow politicians to work there have now returned to the town, adding to the climate of insecurity.

More than two million people are at risk of starvation and in need of urgent food aid in Somalia due to poor rainfalls.
As I've said in an earlier post, the WFP is wasting its time unless they get some serious military support for their logistics trains. Perhaps you can tell what has changed in Somalia since 1993?

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