Somalia: Orphans Said Languishing As Camps Are Closed Over TerrorismMarch 1, 2004
The anguish being faced by orphans who were in camps which were funded by the Saudi organization Al-Haramain has worsened.
The orphans are languishing on the streets of Mogadishu and those of other districts in various regions in Somalia. Some of the parents of the orphaned children says they are deeply troubled over the bleak future facing their children following the termination of philanthropic and humanitarian activities which were being conducted by the organization.
Up to five camps in which the children lived in Mogadishu have been closed down. The US government accuses the Al-Haramain Foundation of aiding Al-Qa'idah following the 11 September 2001 Twin Tower attack.
The Al-Haramain Foundation was a Muslim organization that was taking care of the highest number of Somali orphans by providing care, boarding and education in various places in Mogadishu and other regions all over the country.
Some officials from the organization said they were taking care of up to 2,260 children.
Source: HornAfrik Online text web site, Mogadishu, in Somali 1 Mar 04
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