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This is a similar situation to what occurred in Somalia in the early 1990s: warring clans taking aid to starve out other clans. It led the US under the first President Bush to intervene in Somalia in the waning days of his presidency.


The murderous al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab is making millions of dollars each year by exploiting foreign aid money sent to Somalia by the very western nations who are trying to eliminate the terror group.

A CNN investigation has revealed how money given directly by the United Nations to people displaced by conflict and famine is ending up in the hands of Africa’s oldest terrorist organization.

Former members of al-Shabaab and Somali intelligence agents said the terror group is extorting thousands of dollars per day through road blocks and taxes on merchants attempting to transport food and supplies to sell to internally displaced people in towns where they are concentrated.


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Somalia war

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See all news on Mogadishu and on Somalia.

Mogadishu - capital of Somalia - is in the middle of the map below.

13.3° N
22.9° E
67.9° E
9.2° S


Mogadishu, Somalia

Somalia (SO) is estimated to have a population of 11.1 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 2.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.4 million.