SOMALIA: Al-Shabab claims credit for Somali food boom

MOGADISHU (Somalilandpress) — Rich crop fields are sprouting up across Southern Somalia after heavy rains brought an end to a prolonged drought in the region. According to the UN, this season’s expected to be the country’s best crop yield in seven years. Instead of having to rely on UN food handouts, about 500,000 Somalis are expected to have the means to be self-sufficient this year.

And al-Shabab, an Islamic anti-government group that holds power over much of Southern Somalia, is claiming some credit for the increased food production.

Bernard Smith reports.

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Source: Al Jazeera, 2 April 2010

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