Six million dollars meant for fighting Ebola stolen, says Red Cross

Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted more than six million dollars (£4.6 million) meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organisation has confirmed.

The revelations follow an internal investigation of how money was handled during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Up to two million dollars (£1.5 million) disappeared due to “likely collusion” between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank, the investigation found.

The International Federation of the Red Cross also revealed evidence of fraud in the two other hardest-hit countries during the Ebola crisis, Liberia and Guine.

Source: Daily Mail Online/Associated Press

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.