Somalians in desperate need of drought aid
Jan 21, 2011
Somalia has been stricken with one of the worst droughts in recent years. The provisional government is appealing to the Islamist opposition groups within the country to assist in providing aid to citizens that are without food and water, according to IRINNews.org.
"This is not about politics - it is about saving lives. Those in control should not only allow access but take part in reaching those that need help," Ibrahim Habeb Nur, a parliament member, told the news source.
Somalia has been split into various zones of occupation between controlled by either the Western-styled democratic government, and Islamist opposition groups that seek to institute Shari'a law in the areas which they control. The ideological split comes at a cost to Somalian citizens who face a likely two to three months of drought.
An estimated 1.4 million Somalis have been displaced by war that has ravaged the country for decades. The country has not had a stable central government since 1991 when the Somali Civil War began.
According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, more than 3.2 million Somalis are in need of humanitarian assistance.