Wed Dec 2, 2015 10:24AM
Somali soldiers patrol in a pickup truck near the site where al-Shabaab militants carried out a bombing attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu, June 21, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
Somali soldiers patrol in a pickup truck near the site where al-Shabaab militants carried out a bombing attack against a military intelligence base in Mogadishu, June 21, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia have overrun another town – this time Buqda in central Somalia, following the departure of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces.

Despite pledging to return to retake the area, originally liberated from the militants only weeks before, Buqda became the third town to fall into the hands of the Takfiri group in a matter of days, joining El Saliindi, 65 km south of the capital, Mogadishu, and Kuntuwarey, on the road between the capital and the port of Barawe, both in the Lower Shabelle region.

Somalia has been assisted in its fight against al-Shabaab by its neighbors. That support has cost the assisting countries on the border with Somalia – especially Kenya – dear. The attack on Garissa University, which claimed the lives of 150 people, remains fresh in the mind. But what of the rest of the world? Are they doing enough or has Somalia been left to go it alone in the battle against al-Shabaab?