Islamic group to distribute food in Somalia

Published May 4, 2010

MOGADISHU, Somalia – An official with the Organization of Islamic Conference says the group plans to reopen its office in war-ravaged Somalia after nearly 17 years.

The group's director of humanitarian affairs, Fuad Ali Al-Masna'i, says the aim is to provide aid to hungry Somalis whose humanitarian situation is deteriorating due to the withdrawal of the U.N.'s food agency early this year. He said Monday that the office would open soon, but did not give a date.

Nearly half of Somalia's 7 million people depend on food aid.

The militant group al-Shabab barred the World Food Program from distributing food in areas under its control.

Written by Associated Press

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