Friday, March 28, 2008

Any body remember Somalia

We haven’t been paid in eight months,” said one government soldier named Hassan. “We rob people so we can eat.”

Nur Hassan Hussein, the prime minister, did not deny government troops were robbing civilians. “This is the biggest problem we have,” he said in an interview in late March.

But, he said, he does not have the money to pay them. Each month, more than half of government’s revenue, mostly from port taxes, disappears — stolen by “our people,” the prime minister said.

-In Somalia, a Government on Life Support

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