Anti-Poverty Campaigner Demands Proof Of Misused Ethiopia Funds
March 7, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Bob Geldof, a campaigner against poverty, has demanded proof after a BBC report claimed that a large amount of the money raised during the Ethiopia famine was used for weapons.
Geldof has said their is no proof to support the claims that bags of sand were placed under bags of grain to siphon off money from Live Aid and Band Aid during the mid-1980′s to pay for weapons instead of food.
“Produce me one shred of evidence and I promise you I will professionally investigate it, I will professionally report it, and if there is any money missing I will sue the Ethiopian government for that money back and I will spend it on aid,” Geldof said.
“There is not a single shred of evidence that Band Aid or Live Aid money was diverted in any sense, it could not have been.”
The BBC has said that they stand behind their report, much of which was based off of interviews with rebel soldiers from the time who gave the same story.
Those in the rebel groups included Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who was, at the time, a leader of one such militant chapter.