Attacks on aid workers in Somalia and disruptions to food shipments are threatening the lives of millions of people. This unfortunate nation has known nothing but discord, violence, brutality, invasion, warring cliques and nations without any semblance of a government that can unite people in the nation. PeterGoossens, of the World Food Progamme(WFP) warns: “Somalia is at a dire crossroads. If sufficient food and other humanitarian assistance cannot be scaled up in the coming months, parts of the country would well be in the grips of disaster similar to the 1992/93 famine when hundreds of thousands died.”
French, Danish and Dutch naval vessels have been invaluable in helping get supplies to Somalia but much more is needed. Islamic militants are fighting government and Ethiopian forces in a civil war that continues to escalate with ordinary citizens caught in the middle.