Tindouf: Polisario pilloried in new diversion of international assistance

The Polisario leaders have been reportedly involved in a new scandal of misappropriation of the food aid destined to the Sahrawi population sequestered in Tindouf.

The scandal was revealed this Tuesday, August 28, by the website futurosahara.net, which is close to the Polisario.

The website reported that a grilled corn flour, which is bearing the trade name “Gofio” and which is donated by Spanish NGOs based in the Canary Islands, is currently on sale in grocery stores in the Algerian city of Tindouf, at the cost price per kilo of 250 Algerian dinars, or €1,2.

Meanwhile, the Gofio or “Gouvia”, in Hassani language, is virtually out of stock in the Polisario storehouses in Rabouni in the Lahmada camps.

Gofio is a staple food in the rations supposed to be distributed free of charge to the Tindouf camps residents. It is widely consumed as a thirst-quenching drink during hot weather.

This flour is used to prepare a kind of porridge by adding powdered milk, water and sugar and Sahrawis drink it throughout the day to quench their thirst.

According to Sahrawi sources in the Tindouf camps, the same product, stamped in the Canary Islands, is also on sale in the Mauritanian cities of Nouakchott and Zouerate (North) at the cost price per kilo of 40 Ouguiyas (about 1.1 euro).

In March 2017, Mauritanian authorities had seized, in the north of the country, a large quantity of medicines and food products initially destined to the Tindouf camps population.

Moreover, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) published in January 2015 after eight years of field investigations, a damning report on the involvement of leaders and notables of the Polisario and their Algerian accomplices in massive embezzlement of international humanitarian aid intended for the camps population.

According to OLAF, diversions are carried out as soon as the international aid is unloaded at the Algerian port of Oran. The diverted products and foodstuffs are transferred to the black markets in Algeria, Mauritania and even Mali where they are sold.

And the Polisario leaders will surely continue their lucrative business as long as their Algerian sponsors guarantee them total impunity.

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