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1045, 03 Nov 17

Millions in Ebola Aid Stolen from Red Cross

Whenever people rush money into a crisis, fraud is a huge risk because everyone loosens controls in the interest of speed.

As Ebola spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Red Cross Federation in Geneva was dispersing cash donations to the national Red Cross societies in each of those countries – altogether a sum of about $100m.

An investigation by Red Cross auditors has revealed that in Liberia $2.7m disappeared in fraudulently overpriced supplies, or in salaries for non-existent aid workers.

In Sierra Leone, Red Cross staff apparently colluded with local bank workers to skim off over $2m while in Guinea, where investigations are ongoing, around $1m disappeared in fake customs bills.


1045, 03 November 2017


  1. billphoto

    I have read that 17% to 25% of the donated $$ are spent on administrative costs. ¬†That’s about average but they get low scores for accountability.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Very disappointing, especially since this organization is mostly controlled by liberals.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    ” since this organization is mostly controlled by liberals”.

    Could you prove that, or are you just making stuff up again?

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