Mar 03 2010

The theft of aid to Africa by warriors: new evidence of bad outcomes from good intentions

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The BBC has brilliantly retold an old story: how in the mid-1980s charitable aid intended for hungry Ethiopians was diverted to rebel soldiers, some of whom even pretended to be humanitarians in order to get their hands on cash from private donors, who meant the money to be spent on food.

A quarter century ago, the CIA privately documented how soldiers grabbed famine aid, making mockery of the international movement to assist poor, hungry Ethioipians. Revisiting these allegations, the BBC found soldiers themselves admitting to the cruel farce.

The familiar story is a reminder that humanitarian aid often fuels the very violent conflicts that humanitarians seek to curtail or end.

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