Somali food aid chief released

Government frees UN programme head after detention led to suspension of food aid.

    The WFP suspended aid to 76,500 residents of Mogadishu after the detention [EPA]
    In response to the detention the agency halted food distribution to 75,600 Mogadishu residents who have been displaced by fighting that has persisted since the interim government and its Ethiopian allies forced the Islamic Courts movement from the capital last December.

    Better protection

    Ali Mohamed Gedi, the Somali president, said last week that Osman was under investigation and would be released only if he was found innocent.
    There was no explanation for his release on Tuesday but Josette Sheeran, the WFP's executive director, welcomed it in a statement.

    Sheeran urged the Somali government last week to provide protection for its workers.

    About 1.5 million Somalis need food aid and protection presently.

    That number is 50 per cent higher than at the start of the year due to inadequate rains, continuing internal displacement and a potential cholera epidemic, according to the UN.

    Somalia has not had a functioning governments since 1991, when rival factions overthrew the then authoritarian leader Mohamed Siad Barre and then began fighting each other.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months