UNICEF, and its whole carefully crafted benevolent image, is an enormous fraud. What little of the organization's aid actually gets to the destitute
victims it claims to champion is dwarfed by that lost to waste, corruption, mismanagement, and misdirection; and any good achieved is vastly
overshadowed by the organization's long-standing, shameful collaboration with the governments of the most brutal regimes in history.
Take Somalia, for example. In a September 14, 1993 article entitled, "UN's relief agencies put paperwork before people," Chicago Tribune reporter
R.C. Longworth wrote:
UNICEF ... is supposed to look after children in the Third World, especially in devastated countries like Somalia .... But UNICEF, by general
consensus, has blown it in Somalia. So has every other UN agency sent to help this nation survive and recover ....
In Mogadishu, the capital, the agencies take over the best villas -- UNICEF has three -- at rents of up to $5,000 a month. There the staffs
live and work behind guarded walls, cut off from the steamy cities around them. It all adds up to a tower of red tape and good intentions from which
the UN people look down, uncomprehending, on the alien society around them.
Meanwhile, most of the hard work in the field is done by private non-UN charities such as CARE, Concern, Save the Children Fund, Catholic
Relief Services and others.
Among those interviewed by Longworth was Mark Mullan, a former UNICEF officer in the Somali city of Baidoa and an outspoken critic of the record of
the UN agencies. In one case cited by Mullan, UNICEF hired a Somali man to oversee the digging of hundreds of wells:
"Contracts were let, mostly to his relatives, and people were paid," he said, "but these wells just don't exist. I asked Mogadishu
[UNICEF] to investigate this and they sent out the same guy, this Somali, who signed the reports in the first place."
... Mullan said he knows of no UNICEF senior officer who has ever spent a night outside Mogadishu. "They work in air-conditioned offices and
live in air-conditioned villas and, apart from trips to the beach, that's the sum total of their experience in Somalia."
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