Live Aid Investigation: Millions Intended for Victims of 1984 Famine Diverted to Anti-government Rebel Leaders?

Allegations, made by former rebel compatriots of Meles Zenawi, detail how millions raised by Bob Geldof’s Live Aid were diverted to arm the rebels against the army of Mengistu Haile Mariam.

Although millions of people were saved by Western aid that was donated for Ethiopia after Live Aid, evidence from the BBC investigation suggests that not all of it went to the starving citizens of Ethiopia.

Aregawi Berhe, former military commander of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), claimed that 95 per cent of the $100 million that went through the rebels’ hands was diverted to buy weapons or recruit Ethiopians.

SOURCE: TIMESONLINE Live Aid donations ‘were diverted to arm Ethiopian rebels’