Save the Children regrets Somalia ban

Save the Children has issued a statement on the ban militant group al-Shabab imposed on the organization on Tuesday (March 13).

The organization ”deeply regrets” the rebel group’s decision, saying it can no longer deliver lifesaving assistance to 1.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in southern Somalia. It said the outlook in the region is still “very fragile.”

In response to al-Shabab’s accusations, meanwhile, the organization states it is a “strictly impartial” and independent humanitarian organization, and that it is delivering aid on the “basis of need alone.” The al-Qaida-linked group said the organization distributed expired porridge to children and engaged in corruption.

The ban, however, is only in al-Shahab-controlled areas. Save the Children will continue to deliver aid to parts of Mogadishu, Galgaduud, Puntland and Somaliland.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.