Did UNICEF Give Money to Al Qaeda?


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The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies report that discusses how international aid agencies operating in Somalia paid al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda linked group, to be able to operate there avoids naming names. Instead of naming the non-profits that paid for the privilege, it discusses those that were, eventually, banned.

But reading between the lines, the banned groups had to first pay off Al Qaeda years before they were banned…

Aid agencies paid Somalia’s al-Shabab militants for access to areas under their control in the 2011 famine, according to a joint report by two think tanks.

In many cases al-Shabab insisted on distributing the aid and kept much of it for itself, the report says.

The report – by the Overseas Development Institute and the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies – details how al-Shabab demanded from the agencies what it described as “registration fees” of up to $10,000 (£6,100).

UNICEF was banned in 2011, but demands for money began earlier. For example…

In November 2009, Al-Shabaab imposed 11 conditions on remaining aid agencies in Bay and Bakool, including payment of registration and security fees of up to $20,000 every six months, the removal of all logos from agency vehicles and a ban on female employees. Some resisted. Prior to 2009 the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to establish some degree of productive dialogue with Al-Shabaab, but later withdrew from some areas under its control, citing the 11 conditions as part of the reason behind this decision

For many agencies withdrawal was seen as unacceptable, particularly given the scale of need around the famine in 2011, which affected an estimated 750,000 Somalis, many living in areas under Al-Shabaab control.

Apparently funding Al Qaeda was more acceptable. So did UNICEF or any other UN agency pay fees to a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda?

That’s a question worth asking and answering considering how much money UNICEF derives from the goodwill of Americans.

  • A Z

    We only have 3 choices.

    First is the default option of doing nothing and letting people starve.

    The second is to intervene provide food aid and confront force with force when armed groups, military groups like Al Shabab threaten violence against simpled minded food distributors.

    The 3rd is to let the simpletons pay protection money, bribes, to violent terrorist groups which increases their ability to create more famine.

    • defcon 4

      Soddy Barbaria and the rest of the islam0nazi petrocracies have plenty of money, let them support their fellow poor, starving islam0nazis. After all, they have no problems funding worldwide islam0nazi terrorism.

    • Anamah

      We must kill our enemies. These criminals must be killed.
      Do not allow these thugs to exploit innocent people and abuse these children. They must be stopped.

      • BagLady

        Perhaps we could stop the corruption without having to resort to the ultimate corruption, killing.

    • 1stworlder

      If you read the book “Shaking Hands with the Devil” a former aid worker explains that warlords destroy food production capacity so that they can easily rule by controlling who eats. Same thing with destroying wells that charities build.

      • BagLady

        I have seen many simple, working wells provided by the UN. They are great so long as they keep going but there is no money for fixing them when they break. No after care. Just the world’s media filming their great works. Princess Ann may well cut the opening tape in a desertified Malawian village.

        Every world catastrophe is a money making opportunity and only a small portion of the earnings are spent on the ground, the rest goes towards the running costs of the organisation itself: upwards of 70% by all accounts.

        • A Z

          You are one big suck up.

          Shameless without compare.

          Princess an went to Malawi for a well ribbon cutting La-dee-da. You know how much information you gave away in that one post and how you destroyed your own argument?

          You do not hear of starvation in Malawi to the extent you hear about it in Somalia. They both get UN aid. they both get UN aid theat is according to you is one time.

          For arguments sake let us assume it is one time outside help for this or that. How is it that Somalians are starving and Malawians are not?

          It must be what 1stworlder said. not what you said.

          There must be something to the war lord explanation.

          BTW troll, The book “Black Hawk Down” has made the point that the famine was caused by the warlords. That explanation is going to outlast your lies on various post blogs. Or are you inti book burning?

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Say it ain’t so

  • Veracious_one

    interfering with life saving aid destined for needy people is a typical Muslim act….Muslims will kill aid workers who are trying to comfort needy people…..

    • BagLady

      Much the same is going on with the Aid poring into the Philippines and they are Catholic, so go figure.

      • defcon 4

        Any proof of that assertion Fatima Al Baghead?

        • BagLady

          Much. Try Googling say, Aid stolen in Philippines. You will find over 6,000 entries.

          • 1stworlder

            So you don’t think people on this site know what Taqiyya is? Muslims are allowed to lie even under oath.

        • BagLady

          Google Aid to Philippines and you will find thousands of entries supporting my post.

          • Veracious_one

            still no proof that Christian organizations are responsible or supportive of such actions unlike Islam which directly supports terror on the aid agencies and thefts of supplies to needy people,,,

      • Veracious_one

        Please provide links showing where Christians are attacking aid workers and preventing aid from reaching those in need…

    • 1stworlder

      I am still waiting for doctors without borders to change their name to “doctors that recognize somolia’s borders because they lost too many aid workers”

  • Veracious_one

    …the removal of all logos from agency vehicles…
    Muslim thugs don’t want the people to know that Christian agencies are there to help them////Muslims are there to torment and kill them….

  • defcon 4

    I regularly throw away any correspondence from UNICEF. If the UN supports islam0nazism, they don’t need any support from the honest, hard-working najjis kaffir.

  • Anamah

    What an irony, in this moment I am watching an UNICEF TV ad asking for donation to feed starving children in Africa… almost identical to the Human Society ads for animals …these one are also terrible showing dying malnourished babies… Is so tragic and worst now knowing the level of corruption of these huge bureaucratic organization.

    • BagLady

      Never forget that footage of dying, malnourished babies is kept on file for the purpose of encouraging donations.

    • 1stworlder

      Read the book “Shaking Hands with the Devil” that explains how little aid that actually makes it in country is used for what it is supposed to. The reason kids with arms hacked off survive in 3rdworld conditions is that Muslims will put a tourniquet on the arm before hacking it off and then charge aid agencies protection money to deliver aid to the disarmed rival tribe children.

      • BagLady

        There is much slicing off of tongues and mutilation of the bodies of children in India for the purpose of begging. Both sides of the Muslim/Hindu border have similar levels of desperate people that stoop to such atrocities.

        I see you have pondered the problem of ‘aid’ money going missing and come up with an extremely dubious cause. You have to admit it is really stupid. How about Haiti? Have the Muslims stolen that ‘aid’ too? The Philippines?