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Food Aid Diverted in Somalia

MARCH 10, 2010

“As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted from needy people to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants and local United Nations staff members, according to a new Security Council report.” (New York Times, Wednesday)

Old story.

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