Friday, December 31, 2004

TSUNAMI CASH AND CORRUPTION

Indonesian parliamentarians are worried that the money donated to the quake victims may fall into corrupt hands.

http://laksamana.net/vnews.cfm?news_id=7769


In Aceh, the activities of the military and rampant corruption have driven more than 40% of the population into extreme poverty.

Indonesia is among the most corrupt countries in the world according to Berlin-based Transparency International but the situation in Aceh is particularly bad.

During the year-long military operation begun in May 2003, the central government allocated $447.7 million – roughly three times larger than the provincial government’s budget – to military operations intended to crush the separatists. Of the total, $291 million was reported missing by a government-appointed auditor team

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