Several news sources are reporting that Somali militants intend to block aid to famine-stricken areas. Al-Shabaab alleges that claims of famine are being exaggerated for “political reasons,” and will not allow any new foreign agencies to work in its strongholds. “Famine,” on the other hand, is a defined term used only when specific conditions are met: malnutrition rates in excess of 30%, more than 2 deaths per 10,000 daily, and severe lack of food access. The UN reports that the death rate of starving Somalis reaching refugee camps outside the borders of Somalia is climbing. Those relief groups that do go into Somalia say it is very dangerous.
What to do when someone makes it difficult to love them? There are no easy answers, but Jesus did not call us to love only easy people: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them… Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:32)
“Why are Somalia’s militants clamping down on food aid?” in Christian Science Monitor