Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Billions go to waste in Afghan rebuilding

Morning Star Online, Monday 30 November 2009

by Lizzie Cocker
Gordon Brown has on Monday announced a further 500 troops are to be sent to Afghanistan

Gordon Brown has on Monday announced a further 500 troops are to be sent to Afghanistan

A disproportionate amount of aid in Afghanistan is being used to fight resistance to the occupation rather than being channelled into reconstruction and acute humanitarian needs, economists have revealed.

Researchers at the London School of Economics found that more than half of the US aid budget to Afghanistan was focused on the four most insecure provinces in the south of the country and that a fifth of Britain’s budget was allocated to projects in southern Helmand province where most British troops are based.

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