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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The money flows in Afghanistan

I just want to put two articles together. Telegraph:
Corrupt police and tribal leaders are stealing vast quantities of reconstruction aid that is intended to improve the lives of ordinary Afghans and turn them away from the Taliban, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

In some cases, all the aid earmarked for an area has ended up in the wrong hands. Defence officials in the United States and Britain estimate that up to half of all aid in Afghanistan is failing to reach the right people.

Washington Post:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday offered the Bush administration's proposal of $10.6 billion in new aid to Afghanistan as a challenge to NATO and European allies to bulk up their contributions of money and manpower.