Did the aid industry fuel the mayhem in Somalia? http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/65588
For more than two decades the country has had no functioning government, and even today the recently elected Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is barely able to carry out its functions effectively, thanks to militia who control many parts of the country.
Relief agencies estimate that nearly 1.4 million Somalis have been displaced since the 1990s, and nearly half the country’s population – more than 3 million people – is still in need of relief aid and assistance.
But this is the story of the Somalia that we all know. The less known story is that of a country that was systematically destroyed by international NGOs, UN agencies and donors who undermined the local economy by flooding Somalia with aid, especially since the fall of Siad Barre in 1991.