Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Somalia’s al-Shabaab militia banned 16 aid agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, after accusing them of alleged “illicit activities and misconduct.”
The al-Qaeda-linked rebel group’s Office for Supervising the Affairs of Foreign Agencies said some of the banned groups had worked with churches to convert young, Muslim Somalis to Christianity, according to a statement posted on the amiirnur.com website which has previously published statements by al-Shabaab.
“Any organisation found to be supporting or actively engaged in activities deemed detrimental to the attainment of an Islamic state or performing duties other than that which it formally proclaims will be banned immediately without prior warning,” it said.
It listed the banned agencies as follows:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees World Health Organisation United Nations Children’s Fund United Nations Population Fund United Nations Office for Project Services Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit Norwegian Refugee Council Danish Refugee Council Concern Norwegian Church Aid Cooperazione Internazionale Swedish African Welfare Alliance German Agency for Technical Cooperation Action Contre la Faim Solidarity Saacid
To contact the reporter on this story: Hamsa Omar in Mogadishu via Nairobi at email@example.com.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.