Activist dismissed

Published: Friday 15 January 1993

SOMALI activist Rakiya Omaar, who helped establish Africa Watch and served as its executive director for four years, has been dismissed for opposing the United Nations military intervention in Somalia.

Omaar said she believed the arrival of USA-led troops "without prior consultation with Somalia's underground and with the relief organisations" would escalate the violence. Africa Watch, on the other Mud, has been appealing for UN military protection for food supp'lies and, according to the Organisation, Omaar ha*d been fired for "failure to above the- maximum laid down by abide by our internal policies".

Since the landing of the UN forces in mid-December, events have moved rapidly, including the secur- ing of Mogadishu and Kismayo ports safe limit of 50 parts per million as and the escorted arrival of food con- laid down by the EC. voys. The UN force also arranged a face-to-face meeting between rival Somali warlords, which led to a peace agreement.

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