How the lords of poverty are squandering foreign aid

How corrupt UN charity barons keep Africans poor, sick and hungry

I met Dr Tom Catena in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains — the site of an African war and famine few have even heard about — in a hospital overflowing with children. I saw bombs had ripped away their arms, flying shrapnel had taken out a baby’s eye, anti-personnel mines had shredded legs to jagged bone and ribbons of gangrenous flesh, infants suffering kwashiorkor and the other horrors of malnutrition. Inspired by St Francis of Assisi, ‘Doctor Tom’ has worked almost every day, all day, since he arrived as the only surgeon for the Catholic hospital in Nuba nine years ago. I asked him: ‘Why do you stay?’ He replied: ‘There’s no other option. You leave and abandon everyone here or you stay and keep going.’

  • Observer

    Your tax dollars at work….
    enriching corrupt organizations and third-world despots.

    • Big money to be made.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch memorably called these aid dispensers “poverty pimps.”

    • Tooth&Claw

      Going on since my mother was a child. Eat what’s on your plate there are starving children in Africa. Live Aid made the Ethiopian population increase, Malthus in action.

    • That is the gist of it, yes.

      Africa is not poor continent because it is resource-poor. It has oil, diamonds, produce and people. It also has disease, despotism and tribal conflict. Get rid of that and Africa might flourish.