Qatar Charity gains beachhead in SomaliaOctober 20, 2013
Qatar Charity, which Osama Bin Laden once considered to be one of Al Qaeda’s three most important front charities, and which has more recently been observed to be working in concert with jihadist fighters in Mali, has established a “model village” in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The village is actually a refugee camp with “amenities” such as schools and drinking water, and a mosque that will be in keeping with Qatar Charity’s values.
This is the latest demonstration of Qatar’s attempt to shop for influence in unstable countries that are ripe for Islamist coups d’état.
From Bernama on Oct. 1:
Qatar Charity Establishes Model Village In Somalia
DOHA, Oct 1 (Bernama) — Qatar Charity (QC) has established a model village at a cost of around QAR1 million (RM890,986.75), near the Somali capital Mogadishu, within the framework of Eemaar project, to support the return of Somali displaced to their homes, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
According to a QC’s statement, the village includes a primary school, a mosque, shops and wells with the capacity of about 6,000 persons. It will also be receiving aid including food and non-food items in addition to the distribution of seeds, plowing equipment and pesticides to farmers and other income-generating projects.
QC’s Executive Director for International Development, Mohamed Ali Al-Ghamdi, noted that the establishment of the village comes under Eemaar project a year ago, aimed to support and encourage the displaced Somalis to return to their areas and provide them with income-generating projects.
By the way, how many public contracts and sub-contracts have been awarded to al-Shabaab fighters during village construction?