International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell once again painted Somalia as the hotbed of terrorism and described the East African country as “a very direct threat to the security of the United Kingdom,” concluding “It’s right that we should deepen our involvement” in the crisis hit country as it is the most “dysfunctional” in the world.
Highlighting the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, Mitchell announced that Britain will offer aid package, including 9,000 tons of food and medical supplies, to the drought-ravaged areas in the Horn of Africa in Christmas.
“This is not only about saving the lives of huge numbers of vulnerable babies and children, it is also about doing the right thing to promote British security,” he claimed.
Seemingly a poor country which has always been struggling with civil wars and natural disasters such as flood and famine, Somalia has immense oil and gas reserves and some other natural resources like Uranium, iron and zinc.
According to World Bank reports, Somalia is the second African country with vast unexploited oil reserves, Puntland Province alone is able to produce between 5 and 10 billion barrels of oil.
Meanwhile analysts believe that as the western oil companies planning to start exploration in some of the regions, the politicians will use the pretext of fighting terrorism to impose war to secure more drillings all over the country.
Furthermore, UK’s state run TV, BBC, has been reporting that terrorism and the current militants are the underlying causes of the humanitarian crisis.— AP