A seven-month NBC News investigation has uncovered chronic corruption at a United Nations agency that processes African refugees heading to the West.
In five countries — Kenya, Uganda, Yemen, Ethiopia and Libya — staffers for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) accepted bribes for resettlement, NBC found.
All of which raises questions: Are the relocating refugees truly the most vulnerable, or just the ones most able to pay? Is security fatally compromised?
UNHCR staffers and officials from organizations working with them reportedly demanded bribes for everything from medical referrals to food rations. Under-the-table payouts to resettle a family run up to $5,000.