Somalia

BBC iPlayer - Panorama: Land of Anarchy

In case you missed it, there's a pretty good Panorama programme on iplayer. It's only a half hour long but you get a good gist of the place. It's much worse than I imagined. The bloke doing the presenting visited in 2005, and he was saying it's gotten even worse than when he was last there. Genuine inch-by-inch fighting by African Union troops against Al Shabbab militia.
 
A bad way to finish the year.

'At least 90 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded at a bustling checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu in one of the most deadly recent attacks.

'The dead included many students and two Turkish nationals, the Somali foreign minister said.
Rescuers carried bodies past the twisted wreckage of a vehicle and a minibus taxi smeared with blood on Saturday. A report by an international organisation working in the country, which did not want to be named, said the death toll was more than 90. A Somali MP also tweeted he had been told the death toll stands at more than 90, including 17 police officers. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

'Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group al-Shabaab regularly carries out such attacks in an attempt to undermine the government, which is backed by the UN and African Union troops. The most deadly attack blamed on the group was in October 2017 when a bomb-laden truck exploded next to a fuel tanker in Mogadishu, creating a storm of fire that killed nearly 600 people. While al-Shabaab carries out frequent attacks, the death tolls are often lower than in Saturday's blast.'


 
The value of human life seems vary in inverse ratio to the level of ‘culture/civility/intelligence? of the local population.

Life on the dark continent sadly does not seem to be worth very much.
 

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