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  • half of Somalia's food aid diverted.

    By the time the terrorist and corrupt UN officials get done only about half of it gets to the people.



    UNITED NATIONS – Up to half the food aid intended for the millions of hungry people in Somalia is being diverted to corrupt contractors, radical Islamic militants and local U.N. workers, according to a U.N. Security Council report.

    The report blames the problem on improper food distribution by the U.N. World Food Program in the African nation, which has been plagued by fighting and humanitarian suffering for nearly two decades, according to a U.N. diplomat. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not yet been released.

    It calls on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to authorize an independent investigation of the Rome-based food agency's operation in Somalia.

    Because of the instability in Somalia, transporters must truck bags of food through roadblocks manned by a bewildering array of militias, insurgents and bandits. Kidnappings and executions are common and the insecurity makes it difficult for senior U.N. officials to travel to the country to check on procedures. Investigators could end up relying on the same people they are probing to provide protection.

    The U.N. diplomat told The Associated Press that "a significant diversion" of food delivered by the U.N. food program is going to cartels that were selling it illegally, according to the report by the panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against Somalia.

    The findings were first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday.

    Although WFP contracts are supposed to be subject to open tender and competitive bidding, "in practice the system offers little or no scope for genuine competition," the diplomat quoted the report as saying.

    The transportation contracts, with a budget of $200 million, constitute the single most important source of revenue in Somalia, the diplomat quoted the report as saying.

    "Preliminary investigations by the monitoring group indicate the existence of a de facto cartel characterized by irregular procedures in the awarding of contracts by the WFP Somalia Country Office, discriminatory practices, and preferential treatment," the report was quoted as saying.

    "On account of their contracts with WFP, these men have become some of the wealthiest in Somalia," it was quoted as saying.

    Some 3.7 million people in Somalia — nearly half of the population — need aid. Earlier this year, the country's main extremist Islamic group, al-Shabab, said it would prohibit WFP from distributing food in areas under its control because it says the food undercuts farmers selling recently harvested crops.

    Omar Jamal, first secretary for Somalia's U.N. Mission, told the AP on Wednesday that the problem is "the absence of law and order."

    "Radicals, al-Shabab have to eat. And ever wonder where their foods come from? Of course, from WFP and UNDP," said Jamal, also referring to the U.N. Development Program. "Empower the Somali government to deal with corrupt contractors, Islamists and war profiteers awash in the country."

    Al-Shabab also accused the agency of handing out food unfit for human consumption and of secretly supporting "apostates," or those who have renounced Islam.

    According to the report, al-Shabab controls 95 percent of WFP's areas of operation, the diplomat said.

    It said Somalis with WFP contracts are not only diverting aid but sharing in the proceeds.

    Approximately 30 percent of the food goes to the distributors or "implementing partners," between 5 and 10 percent goes to the armed group in control of the area, and 10 percent to the ground transporter, the diplomat quoted the report as saying.

    The rest — about 50 percent of the food aid — is distributed to the needy population, the report was quoted as saying.

    World Food Program spokesman Greg Barrow said the agency planned no comment until it had time to study the report.

    A Nairobi-based spokesman for WFP had said previously that internal investigations showed between 2 percent and 10 percent of aid was being sold. Spokesman Peter Smerdon was unable to show journalists that report and had not seen it himself.

    The U.S. reduced its funding to Somalia last year after the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control feared aid could be diverted to al-Shabab, which the U.S. State Department says has links to al-Qaida. The issue remains unresolved.

    The Security Council is scheduled to discuss the report next Tuesday.


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    Orphan Grain Train has had 3 containers (made out of old semi-trailer shipping containers) stuck on the docks in Samalia for 3-4 months now. Tried paying 'ransom' to the tune of 70K to get them on up the people who need the medical, water well drilling supplies, etc. to the people who really need them. Those who sap off charity and the people who are destitute are not worth the space they take up.

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    • #3
      I've also heard last Monday, the U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) confessed that for two months now it has been looking to the routine theft of food relief to famine ravaged Somalia. An earlier investigation by the Associated Press (AP) revealed that as much as fifty percent of food donated to the Somali relief efforts is ending up being sold on the open industry by unscrupulous merchants - [url=http://www.newsytype.com/10135-somalia-aid-stolen/]Food help to Somalia being ripped off and sold in market[/url]. *sigh* It's really not surprising, but sadly they're supposed to be there to help not the other way around.

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      • #4
        Well, it's too bad but what are you going to do about it? Send in the military is about the only option. If the Somali's are getting half that's more than none. If the other half is getting sold to Africans then I guess Africans are getting fed. The Samolians get half for free and the other half they have to pay for but they still get it. Yeah, it keeps warlords in power and ammo but you would have warlords even if they were using sticks and stones. Those people are mainly a waste of oxygen anyway.

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        • #5
          This thread is so old that every one of the people in the thread starter have probably been killed.

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          • #6
            Dang 3020 I never even noticed that. I'll bet we're running low on Sambolians by now too.

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            • #7
              Interesting perspective, in comparison to what was seen then, and the true reality of now.

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              • #8
                Be sure to explain in your own words jose!

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