WFP won't tolerate stolen food aid

2011-08-18 15:49

Rome - The World Food Programme says it has "zero tolerance" for any case in which food aid fails to reach the needy, amid reports that shipments of food have been stolen in famine-hit Somalia.

The UN agency's deputy executive director, Sheila Sisulu, said on Thursday that "when we hear of food gone astray we immediately investigate".

She spoke at a conference by the Food and Agriculture Organisation on the crisis in East Africa.

WFP said it brings 5 000 tons of food a month into the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

An investigation by The Associated Press found that sacks of grain and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in Somali markets, raising concerns that the unscrupulous are stealing from international famine relief efforts.

  • Manyati - 2011-08-18 15:57

    Everybody earning more than R10 000 a month should be taxed an extra 1%. And this monies must be sent to our brothers and sisters in Somalie.

      Ross - 2011-08-18 16:15


      PinkandProud - 2011-08-18 16:20

      Most definitely NOT !!!

      2WhiteStars - 2011-08-18 16:26

      I have a better idea. Why don't we send them fertility drugs, so they can have more babies.

      Doublepost - 2011-08-18 16:36

      They might be your "brothers and sisters" but they sure ain't mine!

      Dead Skunk - 2011-08-18 16:57

      Yup lets feed the fires of can only tax the people for so long and then it's goner run it is the tax burdens in this country are not in line with what is received in service...If the ANC sorted out the corruption and incompetance there would be money left over...

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-18 17:14

      Why do the "brothers and sisters" in Somalia not produce excess in times when farming conditions are good? All first world countries do this. They must stop aid altogether, aid has taken the ability to look after themselves away. Aid is destroying these countries.

  • Doublepost - 2011-08-18 16:34

    I suggest the people who caused this issue to explode, namely Bono and co, be made to pay. I suggest they take his wealth and sell it to cover the costs and then send him to Somalia to restart his singing career!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-08-18 17:15

      Agreed, these do gooders do it out of guilt. Africa must be left to help itself, a begging bowl has been created by these do gooders!

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