10 July 2012

Somalia: Officials - Gov't Soldiers Loot Food Aid in Southern Somalia

Afgoye — Pro-government soldiers in southern Somalia are reportedly looted truckloads of food meant for drought-famine victims in Afgoye town, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north-west Mogadishu, Witnesses and officials said.

Witnesses told Shabelle Media by phone from Afgoye that Somali government soldiers on Tuesday held up in broad day light two trucks transporting humanitarian aid materials that intended for IDPs in the town which was captured Somalia and AMISOM forces from Al shabab after three-day offensive May 25, 2012 .

"We shall take measures against those soldiers who were behind the looting activities of the trucks carrying food aid on Tuesday aid that meant for the internally displaced people in Afgoye district, North West of Mogadishu," security officials, told Shabelle Media via telephone.

This seriously undermines efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people locating in areas between Mogadishu and Afgoye district, many of whom have fled south and central Somalia in a state of famine and drought in 2011, according to aid workers.

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