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I dont know if any of you guys saw this, or if anyone really cares........



COLOMBO (AFP) – Nearly half a billion dollars in tsunami aid for Sri Lanka is unaccounted for and over 600 million dollars has been spent on projects unrelated to the disaster, an anti-corruption watchdog said Saturday.

Berlin-based Transparency International demanded an audit of the money received by the Sri Lankan government to help victims of the Asian tsunami which hit the island on December 26, 2004, killing 31,000 people.

The group's Sri Lankan chapter said the public have a right to know how the aid money was spent as the tropical nation marked the fifth anniversary of the tsunami.

The group alleged that out of 2.2 billion dollars received for relief, 603.4 million dollars was spent on projects unrelated to the disaster.

Another half a billion dollars was missing, the group said.

"There is no precise evidence to explain the missing sum of 471.9 million dollars," the Transparency International statement issued in Colombo added.

An "audit should be done by the government to explain the utilisation of the money received and the challenges faced," the group said.

An government official declined comment Saturday on the allegations but Colombo has consistently rejected such accusations in the past.

An initial government audit in 2005 found that less than 13 percent of the aid had been spent, but there has been no formal examination since, Transparency International said.



with all the economic troubles we are having and we should put priority on our problems first, it is still sad to hear about this i think!

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Sad to say, but I'm not surprised.


An acquaintance of my wife is the director of a charitable organization in Scottsdale. Her office is incredibly opulent, she drives a new Mercedes Benz AMG65, and lives in a 5,000 sf house in one of the most exclusive areas of Scottsdale. I'm not making any accusations or knocking anyones success, but really??? Ever wonder where your donations really go?

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