Kenya Is the Latest Country to End Money Transfers to Somalia

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Friday, April 24, 2015
Bruce Zagaris
On April 7, 2015, in the aftermath of the attack that massacred 148 people at Garissa University College in central Kenya on April 2, Kenya has shut hawalas in an effort freeze assets suspected of being sent to al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based group that claimed responsibility for the Garissa attack. Human-rights and civil society groups warn that ending the ability of hawalas and others to send money to the beleaguered people in Somalia could further exacerbate radicalization in Somalia. The prime minister of Somalia has asked U.S. banks to reconsider their decision.