The Suffering Of Somalia

High-seas pirates, starving refugees and al-Qaeda-linked terrorists: how a failed East African nation's problems are spreading beyond its borders

Jehad Nga

Women and children wait to be fed by the World Food Programme in Mogadishu. Getting help to hungry and homeless Somalis have become progressively harder as the violence has risen, claiming the lives of many U.N. staffers and aid workers.

For Somalia, it was just another long weekend of mayhem. Shortly after midnight on Friday, Nov. 7, pirates seized a Danish cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden; on Saturday night an aid worker was shot and killed as he walked home from evening prayers in a village 270 miles (435 km) from Mogadishu; on Sunday, fighting between insurgents and African Union peacekeepers left at least seven dead in the capital, and a senior government official was killed in the south of the country; and in the early hours of Monday, bandits crossed the border into Kenya, where they kidnapped two...

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