UN emergency coordinator John Holmes said last week that malnutrition and disease, combined with political insecurity and drought, have made conditions worse in Somalia than in Darfur and Chad. UNICEF said 83,000 children in Somalia are malnourished, with about 13,500 so malnourished they are at risk of starvation. About 1.5 million people require humanitarian aid. Somalia’s transitional government has tried to tax incoming humanitarian assistance, and set up roadblocks that hindered food deliveries, while accusing charities of supporting terrorists. (LA Times, UPI)

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