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Resource ID: #28828
Subject: Corruption
Source: Sally Hayden, Diana Jean, Anna Schecter, Mark Schone
Affiliation: 100Reporters, NBC News
Date: 2019-11-24



This seven-month, five-country investigation found a pattern of corruption among staffers and contractors at the UN Refugee Agency, responsible for representing, sheltering and resettling millions of refugees across the planet. It found that refugees were forced to pay bribes for services that are ostensibly free, including everything from food rations, to clothing, to resettlement abroad. In some instances, refugees who could not afford to pay bribes would find their applications, finally approved for resettlement, would be given over to wealthier refugees, who would assume their identities and take their place in line. In other instances, women heads of households were pressured to pay for services were pressured to pay for services with sex.

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