Somalia’s rebel group Alshabab accuses the UN aid agencies of exaggeration the level of drought in the war ton country and displacing hundreds of Somalis from their homes, Alshahid News Reports.
The Spokes man of the group Ali Mohamud Raage alias Ali Dheere told a local media that the UN is politicizing the drought in Somalia and driving farmers and pastoralist communities from their homes in Southern Somalia.
“The non-Muslim organizations have achieved their goal by displacing our farmers and pastoralists from their homes and moving them to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia,” Ali Dheere said.
He urged the locals not to give in to what he called “the Western Propaganda” and stay in their homes to make use of their God given fertile land and flowing rivers.
Latest reports from Ibnu Kathiir camp in lower Shabelle region of Somalia say that at least 6 children under the age of 5 died in the past 48 hours.
The camp is set up and controlled by Alshabab.
Major aid agencies like Care International and the World Food Programme were suspended by Alshabab, or had to stop working in Southern and Central Somalia following pressure from the fanatical Islamists.
Most aid workers fled Somalia as a result of intimidation, kidnappings, killings and suspension of operations.
Last week the U.N. declared a famine in southern Somalia and said nearly half of Somalia’s population urgently needs aid. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WTO) said five more regions in southern Somalia are on the brink of famine.