A seven-month investigation found reports of U.N. staff members exploiting refugees desperate for a safe home in a new country.
Though the U.N.’s refugee agency, UNHCR, is known everywhere as the chief protector and spokesman for most of the globe’s 25 million refugees, Abdullahi shouts as she hurls the stones, accusing the agency of stealing her children.
A former U.N. contractor, speaking anonymously for fear of retribution, who said he personally collected tens of thousands of dollars from refugees while acting as a middleman for Momanyi and other UNHCR staffers over several years. He said Abdullahi’s ex-husband paid almost $20,000 in multiple installments.
Asylum for sale: Refugees say some U.N. workers demand bribes for resettlement