Somali Islamists maintain aid ban

Somali Islamists maintain aid ban Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamists deny lifting their ban on some Western aid agencies and reject UN reports of famine in parts of the country.

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What has caused the East Africa crisis?

What has caused the East Africa crisis? The United Nations has declared a famine in parts of Somalia, as the worst drought for 60 years forces thousands of people to flee their homes and cross the country’s borders in search of aid.

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Aid agencies deal with terrorists to reach Somalia’s starving

Aid agencies deal with terrorists to reach Somalia’s starving For aid donors and humanitarian agencies, it is a Faustian bargain: reach and save tens of thousands of people on the verge of starving to death. The price: come to an “understanding” with one of the most active affiliates of al Qaeda and perhaps help it retain control of large swathes … Read More

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Three stories from Africa’s drought, famine

Three stories from Africa’s drought, famine I recently visited Garissa, Kenya — a city of at least 180,000 people not far from the border with Somalia — and areas to the north to see how this year’s drought has impacted families in the area.

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Agra’s Not Just The Taj Mahal, You Know

The Taj Mahal is the main reason for visiting Agra, but it’s not the only one. Indeed anyone in the area who doesn’t take in the ‘Baby Taj’ (Itimad-ud-Daulah) is missing a treat as its beauty is almost on a par with her big sister. Sadly this is in stark contrast to the acid-burned arm of the beggar boy we saw at the trainstation. That’s India for you. This week’s post is packed full of photographs, for those who just want to skim through the last of our Agra blog entries.

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