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The Foreigner Norway emergency Syria aid in profiteering racket. Part of the humanitarian aid Norway has given to Syria has not reached those who are most in need, according to the Islamic Association in Norway’s Ihab Timraz. Mr Timraz has spent two months in Syria helping to distribute both food and medicine throughout the country but warns he has seen criminals profit from selling the food. “I have seen the corruption in connection with the UN World Food Programme. Food that was originally distributed as emergency relief was sold on the black market. We ourselves got an offer to buy flour that should actually have been distributed for free,” he told Klassekampen, Tuesday.

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Norway emergency Syria aid in profiteering racket

Published on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2013 at 23:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 3rd September 2013 at 23:38.

Part of the humanitarian aid Norway has given to Syria has not reached those who are most in need, according to the Islamic Association in Norway’s Ihab Timraz.



Mr Timraz has spent two months in Syria helping to distribute both food and medicine throughout the country but warns he has seen criminals profit from selling the food.

“I have seen the corruption in connection with the UN World Food Programme. Food that was originally distributed as emergency relief was sold on the black market. We ourselves got an offer to buy flour that should actually have been distributed for free,” he told Klassekampen, Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that some food provided by Norway has been reported stolen and passed on, expressing their concern.

“It’s something the food programme has consistently been open about to Norway and other donors,” said the Ministry’s Svein Michelsen. “The Information from Mr Timraz is consistent with other reports we have received.”

At the same time, he explained that UN themselves have reported the level of theft is normal for war-hit areas such as Syria.

Mr Michelsen underlined to the paper they do not view what has happened as corruption, however, but “it’s about theft, as we understand it.

Norway has provided NOK 635 million (almost USD 104.18 million/over EUR 78.89 million/just under GBP 66.99 million) towards humanitarian aid in Syria so far this year. NOK 12 million (roughly USD 1.96 million/EUR 1.49 million/GBP 1.26 million) has been given directly to the UN food programme.

Anne Poulsen, Nordic spokesperson for the UN programme, confirmed they “have experienced some cases where food from the programme, including flour, has been stolen.”

She added that they are monitoring the situation. They are currently cooperating with the Syrian Red Crescent Movement regarding food distribution.

“Our partners are doing everything in their power to ensure that food reaches those who need it most. We also send people from their own organisation when it is possible from a safety point of view to check that the food reaches its destination,” she concluded.



Published on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2013 at 23:20 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 3rd September 2013 at 23:38.

This post has the following tags: norwaysyria, norwayaid.





  
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