MOGADISHU, SOMALIA—The Somali militant group al-Shabab on Monday
banned 16 aid groups — including a half dozen U.N. agencies — from
central and southern Somalia, a rejection of assistance that falls in
line with the group's skeptical view of the outside world.
banning of the aid groups is likely to seriously affect poor residents,
hundreds of thousands of whom are suffering from the region's drought
and famine. A yearlong drought wiped out crops and animals herds in the
region, killing tens of thousands of people over the last six months and
forcing tens of thousands more to flee as refugees.
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