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Shocker: Somalia Aid stolen, UN Investigating

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

AP: Somalia famine aid stolen, UN investigating

By KATHARINE HOURELD – Associated Press
August 15, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts in this nearly lawless country.

This sounds positively un-Islamic. And here we are right in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, too. Still, what can you expect from a nation of pirates?

The U.N.’s World Food Program acknowledged for the first time that it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP strongly condemned any diversion of "even the smallest amount of food from starving and vulnerable Somalis."

The UN always gets angry when somebody steals even more than they do. Of course, nothing will come of their investigation. But they have to go through the motions and feign concern.

Underscoring the perilous security throughout the food distribution chain, donated food is not even safe once it has been given to the hungry in the makeshift camps popping up around the capital of Mogadishu. Families at the large, government-run Badbado camp, where several aid groups distribute food, said they were often forced to hand back aid after journalists had taken photos of them with it

Imagine. Some of this is just for show – to keep the aid flowing. Who knew?

International officials have long expected some of the food aid pouring into Somalia to disappear. But the sheer scale of the theft calls into question the aid groups’ ability to reach the starving. It also raises concerns about the ability of aid agencies and the Somali government to fight corruption, and whether diverted aid is fueling Somalia’s 20-year civil war.

"While helping starving people, you are also feeding the power groups that make a business out of the disaster," said Joakim Gundel, who heads Katuni Consult, a Nairobi-based company often asked to evaluate international aid efforts in Somalia. "You’re saving people’s lives today so they can die tomorrow."

Mr. Gundel must be mistaken. Some of Hollywood’s greatest minds have demanded that we aid Somalia. There can’t be anything wrong.

In Mogadishu markets, vast piles of food are for sale with stamps on them from the WFP, the U.S. government aid arm USAID, the Japanese government and the Kuwaiti government. The AP found eight sites where thousands of sacks of food aid were being sold in bulk

Well, at least Mr. Obama’s policies are boosting an economy somewhere in the world.

An official in Mogadishu with extensive knowledge of the food trade said he believes a massive amount of aid is being stolen — perhaps up to half of recent aid deliveries. The percentage had been lower, he said, but in recent weeks the flood of aid into the capital with little or no controls has created a bonanza for businessmen

These "businessmen" are undoubtedly Republicans.

Stolen food aid is the main reason the U.S. military become involved in the country’s 1992 famine, an intervention that ended shortly after the military battle known as Black Hawk Down. There are no indications the military plans to get involved in this year’s famine relief efforts

We wouldn’t bet the mortgage on that. (Even if we had a mortgage.)

Gundel, the consultant, said aid agencies hadn’t learned many lessons from the 1992 famine, when hundreds of thousands died and aid shipments were systematically looted, leading to the U.S. military intervention.

"People need to know the history here," he said. "They have to make sure the right infrastructure is in place before they start giving out aid. If you are bringing food into Somalia it will always be a bone of contention."

Again, who is this Gundel character to challenge the wisdom of top Hollywood actors and the Democrat media elite?

He sounds like some damn Tea Bagging terrorist.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Shocker: Somalia Aid stolen, UN Investigating”

  1. Right of the People says:

    It’s the same old story over and over again wherever we send aid to these third world sh*tholes! In Vietnam, the VC used to steal the rice we sent as aid and give it to the villages and tell them that Ho Che Minh sent it instead.

    Same thing happened in Ethiopia, the Russians rebagged the aid and said it was from them, of course that is the small amount they allowed to trickle down to the poor to begin with. Most of it was stolen and sold on the black market and the profits banked in the Caymans or Switzerland.

    The liberals just never learn. They actually trust their socialist buddies.

    As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a maroon!”

    • Mithrandir says:

      North Korea….the same thing happens there.

      Cameras show party members handing out foreign aid to the poor people, then circle back around and collect it again at the point of a gun. –give it to the always hungry million man army.

      The starving people are used again for international aid, and the cycle repeats forever.

      BUT DON’T WORRY SOMALIA! Obama’s long thick black funeral bus may swing through and lift up your spirits by blaming your woes on George Bush.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Blame the Bulgarian TEA Party!

  3. sticks says:

    I have an idea, maybe when Obsama is done with us he can go over to Somalia and fix the economy there. The poor buggers they think they have it bad now.

  4. River0 says:

    You could knock me over with a feather! The U.N.? Pure as the driven snow, altruistic, lovers of humanity and the needy? I am stunned and speechless! This never happens!!!

  5. TerryAnne says:

    Which is why I never, ever donate a single penny of my money to anything in Africa. Of course, I’m consistently painted as evil and uncarring (or, as my mother tells me, not living up to my Christian duties), but I really don’t care.

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