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Somalis Take Over United Nations Compound

From an outraged AFP:


[AFP caption:] Somalis carry food aid distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jowhar, September 2007.

Somali forces storm UN compound in Mogadishu

by Mustafa Haji Abdinur

Somali government forces stormed the UN compound in Mogadishu on Wednesday and arrested the World Food Programme’s (WFP) top representative in the capital.

The Rome-based WFP promptly responded by suspending food distribution to more than 75,000 people in the city.

The relief agency said between 50 and 60 armed members of the National Security Service (NSS) stormed the UN offices in southern Mogadishu at 8:15am (0515 GMT) and took away the WFP country head, Idris Mohamed Osman, at gunpoint.

“Mr Osman is being held in a cell at NSS headquarters near the presidential palace. WFP has not received any explanation for this action, which violates international law,” it said in a statement.

The agency also noted that international law bars entry to UN premises without prior permission.

A UN official in Mogadishu told AFP that the operation was carried out by troops with machine guns who arrived aboard two trucks and forced their way into the compound.

No shots were fired during the incident.

Peter Smerdon, the WFP’s spokesman in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, said the agency was “urgently taking up the matter” with the Somali authorities…

What a shock! The United Nations surrendered without a shot.

The agency also noted that international law bars entry to UN premises without prior permission.

Oh, my sides. They should pass a resolution condemning these bandits. And maybe write a stiff letter.

By the way, note the caption of the photo at the top:

Somalis carry food aid distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jowhar, September 2007.

Then look closely at the bags in the photo. Notice the American flag and the US-AID label.

But that’s what the UN does best: take credit for the good work and generous taxpayers of the United States.

(Actually, what the UN does best live like pashas off of the billions of dollars they scam. But that is another story.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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