Find and Fire Red Cross Staff Who Stole $6 Million

Target: Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Goal: Ensure that the staff responsible for committing fraud and stealing millions meant to fight the deadly Ebola virus are found and punished.

$6 million that should have gone toward fighting the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was instead stolen and wasted due to fraud, it was revealed by an internal investigation conducted by the Red Cross. The Ebola epidemic, which began in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2016, killed over 11,000 people. In the haste to purchase supplies and get workers out into the field (following what was at first a slow international response,) when money did arrive it was often disbursed rapidly, which did leave room for error, according to the recently widely publicized findings of the investigation.

Those findings revealed that “likely collusion” between Red Cross staff and bank employees in Sierra Leone resulted in the disappearance of up to $2.13 million, due to an improper fix of the exchange rate when the epidemic was at its worst. An additional $2.7 million was lost in Liberia, where investigators said they found “evidence of fraud related to inflated prices of relief items, payroll and payment of volunteer incentives.” And about $1.17 million went missing in Guinea because of the alleged fraudulent billing practices in customs clearance services.

More investigations are still pending. The IFRC stated, “These cases must not in any way diminish the tremendous courage and dedication of thousands of volunteers and staff during the Ebola response.” The organization also said that it will pursue every avenue to reclaim these missing funds, including working with authorities in affected countries, investigating and legally pursuing anyone involved, and waiving any legal immunities or privileges in order to be sure those people are held accountable. Sign below to hold them to this promise and demand that those responsible for this terrible crime and found and punished.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Konoé,

The currently circulating findings of the internal investigation revealing fraud and theft of Red Cross funds meant to help fight the Ebola outbreak cannot be ignored. The IFRC must remain a force for good in the world, and that is impossible if Red Cross employees cannot be trusted.

The persons responsible for stealing a collective $6 million from those in dire need acted selfishly, dangerously, and illegally. It is the responsibility of the IFRC to continue its investigation to the absolute best of its ability to find those persons. I urge you to ensure that those responsible do not get away with their crimes — please do all you can to see that they are discovered, fired, and prosecuted.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: CDC Global

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2 Comments

  1. Inject the thief with the Ebola virus and tie him to a tree in the middle of the plains

  2. This Not Why I Donate Funds to Your Organzation! You Are Suppose to Be Helping Victims, Not Stealing From Them! Take Care Of Your Business It Is Your Responsibility!

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