Monday, November 2, 2009
US Restricts Aid to Somalia
US aid groups are upset that Treasury Department sanctions in Somalia are hindering efforts to bring life saving aid to Somalia as a catastrophic drought puts 3.63 million Somalis in need of aid. Treasury Department sanctions prohibit any nonprofit from dealing with al-Shabab or any other “terrorist” organization, which runs counter to the idea that humanitarian aid should be delivered on a politically neutral basis. Humanitarian agencies say that the rules are too strict to allow them to operate legally in the country.