Det kommer rapporter om att islamisterna i Somalia använder svältkatastrofen som ett vapen mot landets försvinnande kristna minoritet. al-shabaab ska enligt olika källor endast dela ut mat till muslimer, medan de kristna svälts medvetet ihjäl.
Members of Somalia’s jihadi group al-Shabaab are on a campaign to starve the country’s Christians by preventing food from being delivered to them, according to ministry groups working in the chaotic region.
While reports from a number of analysts say Mogadishu’s population is swelling daily with people coming to the city to escape the famine-ravaged countryside, Christian human rights groups offer additional details.
According to the Barnabas Fund,it is the al-Qaida-affiliated group al-Shabaab whose members are putting a chokehold on international food aid that is being dispatched to Somalia but is not reaching the people.
International Christian Concern analyst Jonathan Racho says no aid gets through without al-Shabaab’s consent. […]
Racho said the al-Shabaab militia groups that control certain areas ensure that the food goes only to Somali Muslims. [min anm]
And he said the conditions for Christians are more severe than most of the world realizes.
”However, we also want the international community to understand the dynamics in which the Christians find themselves. We want to highlight the persecution that the Christians have been suffering and how al-Shabaab is using the famine to exert further pressures on Christians in that country,” Racho said.
Racho said al-Shabaab’s tactics are well-documented, as are the numbers of people impacted, because the information is from a first-hand source.
”We have contacts in Somalia. We are getting our information from the church leaders in Somalia. In fact, we have a leader of an underground church. We interviewed him,” Racho said.
The network goes farther than the one church leader.
”We also have a national Christian leader who is a leader in a church in a neighboring country and he has a network inside Somalia,” Racho said.
Racho said 18 Christians recently have died as a result of al-Shabaab’s tactics.
”That number, 18, may not seem like many, but because there are so few Christians in Somalia, 18 people makes a bigger percentage than in many other countries,” Racho said.