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Vol 63 No 21

Published 20th October 2022


Clans take the fight to Al Shabaab

Deadly food shortages and Al Shabaab's punitive taxes are driving clan leaders to fight the Islamist militia 'to the death', radically changing the balance of forces in the civil war

International aid agencies, distracted by Russia's war in Ukraine, are struggling to send food and medicines to alleviate famine conditions threatening nearly half of Somalia's 17 million people whose harvests have been devastated by the worst drought in four decades. But Al Shabaab's Islamist fighters continue with their relentless insurgency.

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