Las Anod, Somaliland, February 20, 2010 (SL Times) – A convoy of 137
trucks loaded with food aid passed through Las Anod on its way to
Somalia’s central regions. The food shipments first arrived by ship at
Berbera port and from there it was transferred to trucks and driven
through Las Anod. The World Food Program chose this new route to reach
the hungry in Somalia's central regions after al-Qaida affiliated
al-Shabaab banned the WFP from operating in territories controlled by
In an interview with Ceegaag.com, the Deputy Governor of Sool Region,
Muhammad Abdi Dhinbil said one hundred thirty seven vehicles carrying
food were transiting through Las Anod on their way to Somalia’s central
regions of GalMudug and Hiiraan.
Asked about the blockage of the food aid by Puntland administration and
the complaints by some of the drivers, Mr. Dhinbil said the problem with
Puntland has been resolved and the trucks can go through its territory.
He also said that he talked with the drivers who had complained about
their wages and told them to take into consideration that whatever com
plaints they may have do not compare with what the starving people who
are waiting for the food are going through.
When queried about the cause of the improving security situation in Las
Anod and the absence of explosions, the deputy governor said we have
found the roots of the problem, and once you have identify the roots you
can solve it, and we have caught some of those at the root of the
problem while others have fled and we are after them.
Somaliland is already the point of entry of much of the international
food aid to Ethiopia, now it is contributing to delivering food aid to
Somalia’s central regions.