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AP: Somalia famine aid stolen; UN investigating
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Posted on 08/15/2011 12:16:57 PM PDT by traumer

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Thousands of sacks of food aid meant for Somalia's famine victims have been stolen and are being sold at markets in the same neighborhoods where skeletal children in filthy refugee camps can't find enough to eat, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The U.N.'s World Food Program for the first time acknowledged it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP said that the "scale and intensity" of the famine crisis does not allow for a suspension of assistance, saying that doing so would lead to "many unnecessary deaths."

And the aid is not even safe once it has been distributed to families huddled in the makeshift camps popping up around the capital. Families at the large, government-run Badbado camp, where several aid groups have been distributing food, said they were often forced to hand back aid after journalists had taken photos of them with it.

Ali Said Nur said he received two sacks of maize twice, but each time was forced to give one to the camp leader.

"You don't have a choice. You have to simply give without an argument to be able to stay here," he said.

The U.N. says more than 3.2 million Somalis - nearly half the population - need food aid after a severe drought that has been complicated by Somalia's long-running war. More than 450,000 Somalis live in famine zones controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants, where aid is difficult to deliver. The U.S. says 29,000 Somali children under the age of 5 already have died.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; hunger; somalia; somaliaaid; somaliaaidstolen; un

1 posted on 08/15/2011 12:16:59 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

Haven’t we been here before?


2 posted on 08/15/2011 12:18:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: traumer

It’s the culture.


3 posted on 08/15/2011 12:20:37 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: traumer

Unexpected.


4 posted on 08/15/2011 12:21:00 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: cripplecreek

Time to start another TELETHON.... :o)


5 posted on 08/15/2011 12:23:02 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

Moosechell needs to take a vacation there and give her advice on eating less!


6 posted on 08/15/2011 12:23:29 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: traumer

The U.N.’s World Food Program for the first time acknowledged it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months.

Hope & change at it again.


7 posted on 08/15/2011 12:24:05 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: traumer

This is the very reason I won’t donate to Africa, the poor, starving people will still be poor and hungry and the pigs will be fat and rich.


8 posted on 08/15/2011 12:24:13 PM PDT by tiki
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To: cripplecreek

How about this related story http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/africa-mideast/somalis-suffer-and-die-as-islamists-ban-infidel-aid/article2129278/


9 posted on 08/15/2011 12:24:41 PM PDT by xp38
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To: traumer

Male Customer: Do you support the decision to send troops to Somalia?

Bill Clinton: [ chews his McMuffin ] Mmm.. that's a good question. Yes, I do.. and let me tell you why. See, right now, we're sending in.. [ holds us McMuffin ] ..food.. [ puts McMuffin in front of Male Customer ] ..to Somalia.. but it's not getting to the people who need it because.. [ brings McMuffin back to himself ] ..it's being intercepted by the warlords.. [ chews McMuffin some more ] And it's not just us. It's other countries, too.. [ grabs a McNugget from another customer ] Your McNugget is aid from Great Britain.. [ takes it to other customer, then gibbles it down ] ..intercepted by warlords! [ grabs someone's Filet-o-Fish ] This man's Filet-o-Fish over here is relief from Italy.. [ pops it in his mouth ] ..warlords! And you can send all the food you want.. [ grabs different items ] ..a McDLT, hot apple pie.. it's just gonna end up with.. [ puts it all in his mouth ] ..the warlords! Now, with a broad-based international military force, we can make sure that the McRib sandwich.. [ grabs one and places it on someone's tray ] ..gets to the people who need it. [ picks it up and gobbles it anyway ] Can I get a Coke?

10 posted on 08/15/2011 12:25:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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11 posted on 08/15/2011 12:28:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: traumer

Certainly not the first time and it won’t be the last. That’s how things are done in Somalia.


12 posted on 08/15/2011 12:31:26 PM PDT by Will88
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To: traumer

We are paying them to starve people.


13 posted on 08/15/2011 12:31:54 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: traumer

14 posted on 08/15/2011 12:33:25 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: traumer

The ruling elite in DC I’m sure would be envious of this thief’s ruthlessness. Maybe he ought to come to America and run for office.


15 posted on 08/15/2011 12:38:42 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: traumer; cripplecreek; Oldeconomybuyer

“UN investigating...”

I feel better already!


16 posted on 08/15/2011 12:39:18 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: aquila48
“UN investigating...” probably itself.
17 posted on 08/15/2011 12:41:38 PM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: traumer

Nature will take care of the food to population ratio!


18 posted on 08/15/2011 12:46:00 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: traumer

Find the camp leader and shoot him in public, and then tell everyone else that then next guy stealing or coercing food from people will be not be killed so mercifully.


19 posted on 08/15/2011 12:47:15 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: traumer
Been there, done that, have the honorable dead troops to show for it.
20 posted on 08/15/2011 12:47:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Regulation is government control of capital, and government control of capital is socialism.)
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To: traumer

This needs to be investigated just long enough to determine that it is in Somalia.

That’s just the way it is going to be, there. If you really want to distribute food, you are going to have to figure out a way to distribute it through the local clan-based social system. Fighting that is like trying to bail out the ocean with a spoon.


21 posted on 08/15/2011 12:55:23 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: traumer

Well here’s a huge suprise. Do any of the aid shipments ever reach their intended destination? I am under the impression that most of the provisions are intercepted by nefarious groups and used for their own gain. And really—what is the UN going to do about it?


22 posted on 08/15/2011 12:57:43 PM PDT by MNGal
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To: traumer

SURPRISE SURPRISE....... NOT!!!


23 posted on 08/15/2011 1:00:10 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: dfwgator

I don’t think it is one little bit different in Haiti, either.


24 posted on 08/15/2011 1:01:43 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: traumer

Ya know, there’s something to be said for Colonialism.


25 posted on 08/15/2011 1:05:15 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Murray / Baucus / Kerry / Upton / Clyburn? I've had better picks come out of my nose.)
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To: traumer

The Somali hell hole (no longer deserving of even being called a country), like Haiti and a few more places, is a lost cause.


26 posted on 08/15/2011 1:06:15 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: oh8eleven

Ah, Sam, we miss you!


27 posted on 08/15/2011 1:07:26 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Murray / Baucus / Kerry / Upton / Clyburn? I've had better picks come out of my nose.)
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To: traumer

How did I know that was going to happen?


28 posted on 08/15/2011 1:08:56 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Steely Tom

Its for sure the culture and wonder how much got sidelined at DNC and nobama buddies.


29 posted on 08/15/2011 1:44:19 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: traumer

This is what typically happens. Just another way the libtards prop up dictators to help advance their cause...


30 posted on 08/16/2011 3:28:41 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Read a 1960’s book, “The Ugly American”. This sort of diversion is WHY these programs exist.


31 posted on 08/16/2011 3:32:02 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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