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Food aid stolen for crash in Somalia

08-16-2011 09:42 BJT Special Report:Drought, famine plague horn of Africa |

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Unscrupulous businessmen in Somalia are stealing food aid to sell for cash, while tens of thousands of children are starving to death.

One official said around half of all aid sent to famine-struck Somalia was stolen. An investigation has called into question international aid agencies' ability to reach the starving and the willingness of aid groups and the Somali government to crack down on corruption. The investigation will also examine whether diverted aid is feeding Somalia's 20-year-civil war. The aid is not even safe once it has been distributed to families huddled in the makeshift camps mushrooming all over the capital, as militias and thugs are stealing food from families.

Nisey Gabal, child’s mother said, "I haven't received any food aid from the UN agencies since we came here, even the little food we get from the people is extorted by the militias and the thugs who think that we are weak and vulnerable. Please help us quickly."

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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