The world’s most dire — and largely unreported — humanitarian crisis has claimed more victims. “At least 32 people have died due to hunger and cholera in Somalia, most of them children and old people, according to doctors,” PressTV reports. With the Islamic insurgency growing in strength (even shutting down the international airport), aid workers being killed and peace talks with the “transitional government” making little progress, things are going to get worse before they get better.
Now, the good news: NATO warships will be escorting World Food Program shipments into Somalia through pirate-infested waters. And government authorities in Puntland have promised to begin prosecuting pirates. If you recall, the absence of legal channels has been a major obstacle to international efforts to defeat Somali pirates. If Puntland can handle the legal back-end, the U.S., NATO, the French, the Russians and Indians can focus on military action.
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Secret sea lane for piracy protection
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U.S. planes terrify Somalis
Ethiopians withdraw? Peace talks break down
Ship rescues Somalis
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Abducted journos’ vulnerability
Problems retrieving journos
Kidnapping: inside job?
Developments in kidnapping case