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Retaking Somali roads from armed men needed to restore supply chains

SOMALI road access is constrained in 28 districts because of fighting, road blockages and the encirclement of newly recovered areas by armed men, reports Raxanreeb Online (Somali RBC Radio).

Retaking Somali roads from armed men needed to restore supply chains
28 October 2014 - 18:19
Retaking Somali roads from armed men needed to restore supply chains

SOMALI road access is constrained in 28 districts because of fighting, road blockages and the encirclement of newly recovered areas by armed men, reports Raxanreeb Online (Somali RBC Radio).

"Illegal check-points, banditry and demands for bribes are experienced even in areas where there has been no active conflict." said the RBC report. 

Regular air cargo flights, funded by the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), have managed to get relief in hard-to-reach areas, but airlifting is expensive and cannot bring quantities needed. 

"Regaining road access to communities isolated by conflict is a top priority, and requires the collective effort of all parties to the conflict." said the report.

The CHF recently allocated US$1 million to support the air delivery of assistance to locations inaccessible by road, particularly in Bay and Bakool regions. 

This is in addition to $2 million spent between June and September on flights which flew 330 tonnes of nutrition supplies, medicine and educational materials to 66,000 people.

In the first nine months of the year, 2,200 conflict incidents with humanitarian implications were registered, of which 107 incidents were related to illegal checkpoints, the RBC report said.

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