Famine's awkward truths

Published on 25 July 2011

The most pressing question now is whether the Shabaab will lift their 19 month ban on the world’s biggest aid agency, the UN’s World Food Programme. 2.2 million Somalis are currently beyond the WFP’s reach. If that ban was lifted, unknown numbers of Somalis would no longer feel the need to trek to Kenya. I met Josette Sheeran, the WFP’s Director, who also happened to be visiting the Dadaab camps over the weekend. In public at least, she offered no solution to the problem. “We go where we can, when we can,” she said simply, pointing out that 14 of her aid workers have been killed in Somalia since 2008.

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