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Anti-terrorism laws have ‘chilling effect’ on vital aid deliveries to Somalia  

An internally displaced Somali woman receives food aid at a distribution centre in Baidoa, west of the capital, Mogadishu.Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency assistance to millions of people facing starvation and fatal diseases in drought-hit Somalia.

Senior humanitarian officials say the laws, which target any individual or organisation found to have materially assisted a terrorist group, exert a “chilling effect” on vital assistance in areas of Somalia controlled by Islamic militants from al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate.

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Published on 26/04/2017 @ 13h10   | |