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FlaGator
06-16-2009, 01:08 PM
More of the same from UN relief workers


One of the UN’s largest international relief efforts is under investigation after it emerged that thousands of sacks of food aid were being diverted from starving refugees and openly sold for profit.

The head of the UN’s $955 million (£580 million) aid operation in Somalia has launched an inquiry after being shown footage showing tonnes of food bearing the World Food Programme (WFP) logo widely on sale in Mogadishu, the capital.

Stacks of bags of maize and wheat and tins of cooking oil — marked “not for re-sale” and bearing the UN stamp — are on sale from ten warehouses and 15 shops in the city’s main market.

About 45,000 tonnes of WFP food are shipped to Somalia from Kenya every month. Mogadishu traders told Channel 4 News that they bought their supplies straight from UN staff. “We buy [food] aid from WFP staff directly or from people they employ,” one market trader said.

“They take us to the warehouses used by the WFP and let us load our lorries. The goods are freely available and you can buy as much as you like, but we usually buy no more than 500 to 1,000 sacks at a time. Just a tonne or half a tonne a day can be shifted more discreetly.”

The food could hardly be more needed. More than a million people have been driven from their homes by fighting in the area, including 117,000 thought to have fled from Mogadishu in the past month.


The whole story is here (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6499155.ece)

PoliCon
06-16-2009, 03:13 PM
further evidence of the corruption and ineffectualness of the UN.

Teetop
06-16-2009, 03:59 PM
further evidence of the corruption and ineffectualness of the UN.

What do you mean? Some UN official is making loads of money. :rolleyes:

stsinner
06-16-2009, 05:11 PM
I, for one, am SHOCKED!!!!

Odysseus
06-16-2009, 05:15 PM
What do you mean? Some UN official is making loads of money. :rolleyes:

One of the scariest things that I can imagine is being assigned to a UN mission and being forced to look the other way while that kind of thing goes on. I know guys who did tours with UN Peacekeepers who trashed their blue berets before they got on the plane to come home because the whole thing just sickened them.

Teetop
06-16-2009, 05:27 PM
One of the scariest things that I can imagine is being assigned to a UN mission and being forced to look the other way while that kind of thing goes on. I know guys who did tours with UN Peacekeepers who trashed their blue berets before they got on the plane to come home because the whole thing just sickened them.

I have heard the same thing. I guess there is no way of gettting out of that assignment, is there?