Situation in Somalia worsens

How can Bush be doing this shit without Congressional approval?

How bad is the situation in Somalia, the third target of George W. Bush’s “Terror War” take-downs? It’s “worse than Darfur,” says the UN’s humanitarian chief, John Holmes.

Holmes, a former top British diplomat, told the Telegraph that “In terms of the numbers of people displaced, and our access to them, Somalia is a worse crisis than Darfur or Chad or anywhere else this year.”

The sheer number of refugees in Somalia – approximately 400,000 – is still smaller than the two million or more who have fled their homes in Darfur, but as the Telegraph notes:

The speed and size of the exodus from Mogadishu has eclipsed the emergency in the western Sudanese province, where there are established camps run by international aid agencies. There are no such camps in Somalia, an east African country already on its knees after 16 years of clan fighting and no central government.

Most of those who have fled in recent weeks, including women, children and the elderly, are camping in fields in areas surrounding Mogadishu, without access to food, shelter, clean water or medicines.

The few medical relief agencies operating in the region, including Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have reported fears of cholera outbreaks.

“We are only reaching maybe 35 to 40 per cent of those in need because of difficulties of access and security and of our presence on the ground,” Mr Holmes said in Nairobi yesterday.

Bush’s wars on Muslims are war crimes. Somalia never did anything to us, nor could they. We have destabilized a country that was finally getting organized. Now it is a disaster, like Afghanistan and Iraq.

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