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GOAL chief attacks UN for failing to safeguard charity workers

Fiona Ellis

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

MILLIONS of Somalis could die because it is too dangerous to bring aid into the war torn country, an aid agency has claimed.

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The humanitarian charity GOAL has launched a scathing attack on the United Nations, describing its response to the Somali tragedy as "astonishing"

The charity's CEO John O'Shea claimed not enough was being done to ensure the safety of aid agencies. "The UN keep telling the masses that the millions of Somalis face death from starvation -- but as an organisation they are not prepared to take any meaningful action to prevent the catastrophe."

Mr O'Shea called on the secretary general of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, to explain why there had not been any positive initiative to send UN peacekeepers.

But chief executive of Concern Worldwide Tom Arnold said this would be "irresponsible."

"There has to be a political solution, but this has to be achieved through talking rather than sending in armed troops which would immediately inflame the situation," he said.

Irish Independent

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