The 1992 Somalia famine. General Aideed and militia exemplified this genocidal policy when they blocked food shipments from inter-riverine area. Throughout 1992, and before the US Marine landed on the shores of Mogadishu, Aideed militia prevented food from reaching Baidoa and other parts of southern Somalia, An estimated 350,000 Somalis die of disease, starvation, or civil war. They used various tactics, including forcing relief agencies to use the militia's trucks and drivers for transportation. Whenever vehicles of United Nations headed for the inter-riverine region, Aideed militia methodically looted them en route. Finally, when the UN/US command in desperation decided to airlift supplies to Baidoa, Aideed militia captured Baidoa Airport, and imposed a fee of 5,000 per flight, taking a percentage of the food load as well.