Somali militants deliver ultimatum to UN deminers

As if the demining effort in Somalia wasn’t difficult enough, Al Shabab — the main militant faction opposed to the Western-backed Somali government — has ordered the UN mine action team to stop working in the areas under its control. Read this Bloomberg report for further details.

As one of the many people who was involved in compiling this year’s Landmine Monitor report on Somalia, I can say with confidence that mine action professionals in Somalia, particularly in the south central region, face one of the most difficult operating environments in the world. They face ongoing conflict, complex logistics, political disorder and a lack of sufficient funding.

~ by Matthew Bolton on 11 January 2010.

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