Friday, May 6, 2011

Protection fees, stolen ammo extend Somalia's war

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia receives about $1 billion a year for humanitarian, development and security projects. But the amount of money that actually benefits Somali citizens is far, far less.

Analysts say wasted, stolen and diverted money may be feeding the conflict that the funds are supposed to be trying to end. Bullets bought by international donors and intended for Somali soldiers instead were sold on open markets to insurgents.

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said his government doesn't see a lot of effort by U.N. agencies to monitor spending.

The U.N. envoy to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, argued that the entire international community and Somali government need to improve transparency.

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