Thursday, 4 March 2010

Live Aid Money Helped Arm Rebels

Not surprising. Has anyone else read Dead Aid?
Martin Meredith also has a good account of this in his book The State of Africa. Excellent read.
Aregawi Berhe, the former military commander of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), claimed that of the $100 million that went through the rebels’ hands, 95 per cent was diverted to buy weapons or recruit Ethiopians to their cause. He said the rebels put on a "drama" to get their hands on the relief money. "The aid workers were fooled," he said.