WHAT: The U.N. World Food Program admitted for the first time that it has been investigating widespread food donation theft in Somalia for months. Blatant food thievery runs wild throughout the food distribution chain.
HOW: Donated food staples meant for starving Somalis are being sold openly in markets. Even after food aid is given to the hungry in refugee camps, guards often force them to hand it back after photojournalists leave.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The amount of food theft casts doubt on the international aid effort’s ability to reach the starving. It raises worries about whether aid agencies and the Somali government can fight corruption, and whether stolen food is fueling Somalia’s 20-year civil war.