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.
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."
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...
"We can't refuse to cooperate because if we do, they will force us out of the camp, and then you don't know what to do and eat. It's happened to many people already."
Who is really in charge? It is not the UN thats for sure.
This comes from the African mind set where corruption is part of everyday life even if your particular tribe or nation is not currently at war.
A friend I had from Ghana was telling me that when he returned home for leave/furlough, - at the customs in his international airport the officials "took their share" of whatever he brought home.
Therefore Somalia where they are busily slaughtering each other, it is no surprise that the locals are being robbed of their food rations. Being run by the the muslim religion of peace - we can expect no less. Jungle rules, the survival of the fittest, (who has his own AK47).