Tuesday, February 12, 2008

UN Audit: Millions Squandered in Sudan

Business as Usual at the U.N.

"There are reports in Juba of U.N. workers served luxurious brunches by five-star chefs while southern Sudanese outside scramble to piece together paltry school tuition fees. It is nothing short of a travesty."

-- Church Alliance for a New Sudan Director, Faith J.H. McDonnell

Corruption in a United Nations operation?

This is becoming a "dog bites man" story.

Still, how corrupt does an operation have to be for the United Nations to declare it stinks?
Tens of millions of dollars have been wasted in peacekeeping operations in Sudan over the past three years according to a new report issued by the U.N. Office for International Oversight Services. The audit slams the U.N. for having poor internal control mechanisms and for tolerating mismanagement in the war-torn country.

U.N. auditors have identified dozens of irregularities according to The Washington Post, including an "exorbitant" rate on a contract to supply gravel for peacekeeping barracks and $1.2 million in "unnecessary expenditures" for block bookings of hotel rooms that the United Nations was unable to fill.

Several instances of corruption were also cited in the report, including U.N. purchasing agents diverting contracts to companies that provided visa sponsorships and inappropriate financial compensation.

Faith J.H. McDonnell, Director of IRD's Church Alliance for a New Sudan, commented:
"The greatest tragedy here is that a little money can go a long way in helping those Sudanese who are in need. While nonprofit aid organizations and churches can do wonders with just a few hundred or thousand dollars, the U.N. wastes millions. The lost opportunities are staggering.

Another reason for Americans to voice their disapproval at U.S. tax dollars that fund the luxury career diplomat corruption machine that the United Nations has become.

The truly amazing thing about this story is that United Nations auditors blew the whistle on the operation in Sudan.

Usually, the United Nations is fighting attempts to look into the inner workings of its operations--every step of the way.

The other story will be how many MSM outlets pick up this story.

The United Nations has become the perfect symbol of European type "action" to solve the world's problems.

It's little wonder there is so much enthusiasm for it in the Democrat party.

by Mondoreb
image: freerepublic
source: Auditors find UN Squandered Millions in Sudan


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