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Hope Amid The Horror: Is Militant Muslim Group Al-Shabab Losing Their Stranglehold On Somalia?

August 9, 2011 Mogadishu, Somalia]----The devastating drought continues to ravage the people of Somalia but now there might be a glimmer of hope for those in the Southern region.

Southern Somalia has been under the control of Al-Shabab, the Islamic militant group that has banned foreign aid workers from entering. Until now. The widespread famine which has killed 29,000 children in 3 months and tens of thousands more, is causing the group to splinter.

According to MSNBC, the harsh control exerted on South Somalia, especially the rural areas hardest hit by the deadly famine, is breaking as local leaders feel pressured to allow food in to feed the starving population.

Al-Shabab who reportedly has ties to al-Qaeda and global Jihadists, has lost key parts of the main city to the African Union Peacekeepers and the Transitional Federal Government, thus losing much of their revenue, which was as much as to $60 million a year from extortion of Mogadishu's merchants and aid workers.

This defeat might be enough to "starve the beast" and splinter the group.

CNN's Anderson Cooper, now stationed in Somalia, reported that aid workers can now move more freely, which in turn will make it easier for the hardest hit areas to get the food and medical supplies they so desperately need.

Somalia hasn't had a viable, official government for two decades, ripped apart by bloody civil wars which has made the current food crisis extremely hard to combat.

The World Food Programme is asking for global help to battle this catastrophic crisis. They need a projected $342 million to help feed 11.3 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

According to the UN, a small donation of $7, provides therapeutic food for a malnourished child.

The following charities are accepting donations online, if you want to help deliver a little hope:

The British Red Cross

The Kenya Red Cross

Oxfam

Save The Children

International Rescue Committee

The ELCA World Hunger Relief

The U.N. Children's Fund

International Medical Corps