somalia.jpgThe  International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday shipped a large amount of food into drought-stricken areas of Somalia under the control of the Islamist Al-Shabaab Militia.
Al-Shabaab, which has links to Al-qaeda, has banned most aid groups from working in the areas it controls.

The Red Cross said it is handing out food to 162 000 people in southern and central Somalia, in the first large-scale distribution in those parts of the country this year.

The aid drop includes 3 000 tons of food such as rice, beans and cooking oil, to last the recipients about one month.

According to the United Nations, nearly 12 million people in the horn of Africa require food aid.