Mogadishu: The UN has made its first aid delivery to drought victims in areas of Somalia controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants since they lifted an aid ban. UN children organisation’s Rozanne Chorlton said al-Shabab had given UN workers unhindered access and hoped this would encourage other agencies.It comes as the UK pledged £52.25m ($84m) in emergency drought aid.
But the UK’s overseas aid minister told the media the UK would not deal with al-Shabab, which controls much of Somalia.
Andrew Mitchell is touring the huge Dadaab camp in north-eastern Kenya to see the scale of the crisis caused by the drought, the Horn of Africa’s worst in 60 years which is estimated to be affecting some 10 million people.
Unicef airlifted food and medicine to malnourished children to the central town of Baidoa, more than 200km (about 125 miles) north-west of the capital, Mogadishu.
Ms Chorlton, the Unicef representative for Somalia, said al-Shabab had assured the agency it could operate without undue interference.