In a recent report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia, it was alleged that up to one half of Somali food aid is diverted from the needy. Having looked at the report and the claims made about food aid in Somalia, here's our side of the story in 6 points.
WFP welcomes any independent investigation into the findings of the Somalia Monitoring Group report.
The report points to interviews with undisclosed sources as alleging that up half of WFP food assistance in Somalia is diverted but it does not provide any evidence to back up this major allegation.
To assist an investigation, the Monitoring Group should provide any evidence in its possession that food aid was diverted.
In 2009, WFP payments to all transport contractors totalled US$62 million, not US$200 million. Work by the three most significant transport contractors in Somalia amounted to US$41.4 million, 66 per cent of the total payments – not 80 per cent as stated in the report. WFP already took steps in 2009 to widen its pool of contractors and encourage competition.
WFP as an impartial and non-political UN humanitarian agency aims to feed the poorest and most vulnerable people in Somalia and does not align its operations with particular armed groups or criminal activities. As we review the content of the UN Somalia Monitoring Group report, WFP will not engage in any new work with Adaani and the other two transport contractors named in the report.
WFP has seen no evidence to suggest that this was not a genuine looting incident. WFP suffered no loss because the food that was lost was replaced by the transporter.
WFP was aware at the time of an allegation that food had been looted but could find no evidence of this. WFP has accounted for all the food that was moved out of the Karaan warehouses by all transporters during that time. WFP welcomes evidence to the contrary.