Twenty Dead In Continued Somali Fighting, Death Toll Expected To Rise
June 3, 2010
Militants from the extremist group al-Shabaab have been batting security forces in an attempt to bring sharia law to the region. Sharia law is a harsh Islamic set of guidelines often called for by radical clerics.
The capital is already poverty and hunger stricken, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced from other Somali cities fleeing there. Of 1.4 million refugees, at least 350,000 live in Mogadishu, most in the streets under tarps, or in makeshift cardboard dwellings.
Continued violence in the region makes it difficult for aid to reach the people, and trade is more or less nonexistent.
There is no stable government, and this fact is taken advantage of by the al-Qaeda rebels fighting to take over the region.