The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid in Somalia

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The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid in Somalia
Rachel Gardner
Professor Marco Mena
Sociology of Developing Countries
Strayer University
5/4/2014

The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid
Foreign aid plays a major role in the sustainability of economic and social activities of developing nations. Whether in the form of development or humanitarian aid, the foreign aid is key to ensuring better living conditions and economic development for these states. These forms of aid are influential in pushing for progress in among the developing nations, but the presence of war greatly affects progress. War has a bearing impact on the distribution of foreign aid in the developing nations due to the resulting impediments that hinder
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The al-Shabaab in Somalia is limiting the distribution of foreign aid through multiple ways including destruction of key transport and communication infrastructure, sporadic attacks on envoys transporting foreign aid to the needy as well as piracy (Rose, 2013). Gilligan (2013) reports that foreign aid from Britain worth close to one a million pounds was confiscated by the al-Shabaab en route their targeted destination. The attack, which took foreign aid in the form of humanitarian supplies, was one among multiple other previous attacks conducted on the country's foreign aid (Gilligan, 2013).
Having hindered the distribution of foreign aid to the needy in Somalia, attacks by the al-Shabaab militia greatly discouraged the award of other aids with the British government writing off £480 000 worth of humanitarian supplies to the country (Gilligan, 2013). This follows similar reports of food meant for the starving being stolen and sold at the markets. What is more troubling is the hijacking of ammunitions intended for peacekeepers as reported by Katharine (2011). This not only hinders the distribution of the foreign aid, but similarly strengthens the militia by providing them with weapons to continue with their terror acts. A report by The Center for Public Integrity also revealed that the ongoing war in Somalia has resulted in widespread
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