In­sur­gents ex­pel Save the Chil­dren

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NAIROBI, KENYA | Al Qaeda-linked So­mali in­sur­gents say they are ex­pelling the Bri­tish aid group Save the Chil­dren from ar­eas un­der their con­trol.

A Tues­day state­ment from the al-shabab mili­tia said Save the Chil­dren dis­trib­uted 4,470 car­tons of ex­pired por­ridge to chil­dren, was cor­rupt and of­fered bribes.

Save the Chil­dren of­fi­cials were not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

Al-shabab has ex­pelled sev­eral aid or­ga­ni­za­tions from its ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing the Red Cross, the Dan­ish Refugee Coun­cil, the U.N. World Food Pro­gram, UNICEF and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ex­perts say the ex­pul­sions of aid agen­cies con­trib­uted to a famine in the group’s strongholds from July to Jan­uary in which tens of thou­sands of peo­ple died.

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