In Somalia, troops for peace end up at war — latimes.com

Dead bodies lay near a street in southern Mogadishu's K4 junction,  21 Aug 2009Reporting from Mogadishu, Somalia – When a mystery illness swept through the African Union peacekeeping mission here, killing six soldiers and sickening dozens, doctors were stumped.With help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they ruled out swine flu, tropical infection, rat-borne bacteria and even deliberate poisoning, as claimed by Somalia’s insurgents.But the culprit, doctors fear, is just as alarming: beriberi, a vitamin-deficiency disorder typically seen only in famines. Simply put, African Union soldiers appear to have died from a form of malnutrition.

In Somalia, troops for peace end up at war — latimes.com

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