Eric Laroche, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Somalia, has accused the Somali government of thwarting aid agencies’ efforts at a time when Somalia faces a worsening political and humanitarian crisis. “This is just manipulation from the part of the government… they don’t want us to do our work,” Laroche grieved, adding that he had been threatened by armed men, forcing him to leave one camp. He said that 1.5 million Somalis are in dire need of aid, as the number of internally displaced people continues to mount in the face of increasing conflict and government accusations of terrorism directed at certain Somali clans. “These people are kids, these people are mothers … we’re not talking about combatants,” added Laroche. (Source: Somali government obstructing aid work: UN/Agence France-Presse)

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