FLEECE THE WORLD

Who could ever forget the harrowing images that were screened when BBC Correspondent Michael Buerk and cameraman Mohammed Amin first brought the plight of millions of starving Ethiopians into the nations living rooms in 1984?

It was one of those rare Television occasions where a spoken narrative was not needed to convey or reinforce the sheer scale of desperation and unprecedented human suffering.

1985 ETHIOPIAN FAMINE – WIKIPEDIA

Buerk provided on-the-spot coverage of a “famine of biblical proportions,” and helped galvanize the public outcry for a massive humanitarian aid effort, which led ultimately to a series of internationally televised concerts, led by Sir Bob Geldof, featuring rock stars from around the world.

Live Aid raised around £150 million in that now famous July of 1985.

But, beneath the celebrity endorsements and glitz, suspicions were being voiced and rumours began to circulate regarding the true purpose behind this huge event.

The rumours persisted, which may have been the reason why in 2010, some 25 years later, the BBC had reported that after a year of investigation, it concluded that almost the entire amount of the money raised went on weapons, not food or humanitarian aid.

The link to the original BBC source of that report, no longer exists, strangely.

BBC ETHIOPIA REPORT

One of the major causes of the Ethiopian famine was the ongoing Civil war between Ethiopia’s Russian-backed government and an American-backed rebel group, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The worst of the famine-hit areas was concentrated in an area controlled by the TPLF.

Despite this, Geldof and Live Aid simply handed millions of dollars over to the TPLF, the only guarantee given was that the rebels would ‘promise’ to spend it on food and aid.

Really?

What the BBC report uncovered, was that less than 5% of the donated money went on aid, and over 95% of the money went on bankrolling the crooked political and military regimes.

The majority of the donated food did not reach it’s intended destination either.

It took the BBC 25 years to figure this out.

Geldof and the Live Aid Trustees must have been only too aware that the TPLF were rebels engaged in a bloody and brutal civil war.

Were they that naive to really believe, that simply handing over millions to a regime as corrupt as what existed in Ethiopia at that time, mean that it would have been spent wisely?

According to a 2010 Sky News report, Bob Geldof and the Band Aid Trust were going to make an official complaint to the BBC, and other international aid organisations would be supporting them, asserting that the BBC claims were based on “dubious sources and rumour,” without “a shred of credible evidence.”

The original SkyNews link no longer exists exists either.

SKY NEWS 7th March 2010

Well, who cares anyway?

It was years ago after all, and seems almost benign compared to what’s going on right now in the world.

So why is information regarding this still being deleted from the Internet?

10 thoughts on “FLEECE THE WORLD

  1. Not dissimilar to Iran Aid then? I wonder how much ‘Sir Bob’ pocketed. Enough to keep a has been sub standard 1 hit wonder fading pop star in luxury for a good few decades? Not sure he’d be so mega minted without having piggy backed off the glory of it all.
    Mustn’t upset ‘Sir Bob’, he has powers to erase & not just stuff off the internet 😉
    As for Buerk, fitting name. He seems like a bit of a whinging ingrate whenever I’ve seen him on TV.

  2. If you google “bob geldof is a c*nt” & replace the star,I think you’ll get some interesting alternative views on the blessed Bob.& some interesting ideas as to where the money went to buy to buy said weapons.

  3. In his own words he described himself as a “a private equity whore” but I think the asterisked word probably fits better.

    “Yates had said that Geldof was a lunatic, screaming that he was, “above the law”.

  4. Speaking of fleeces, or should I say a wolf in sheep’s clothing, you know the type, the ones who infiltrate with the sole purpose of stirring the shinola OR WORSE the ones who actually *think* they are a real wolfie yer righteehoe- Citizen Smith, take the pith. ah well at least they admit to being a relly of the domestic dog.

    Interesting facts about the wolf include – they can often be varying grades or shades of grey – boring!, They rarely live past the age of ten due to disease, parasites and injuries which is reduced to 5 years if they are wild wolves. It is common for wolves to be fatally injured by their prey. Oh and not to mention all of that matted hair!!! A fleas dream!

    I saw a dead dog on the road yesterday, poor poochie was positively squashed to be as flat as a pancake. I had much ado to avoid the thing, wouldn’t want to be cleaning dead dog up, eww no ta, blood and guts everywhere had I run over the thing. Fortunately the council came and took it away.

    Very clean, very efficient but then it does come at a cost.

    I prefer the old rates tbh.

  5. Reblogged this on Pippakin Around the World and commented:
    This is tragic I remember at the time there were constant promises that this time all the money would go to the victims that this time the aid would be properly supervised.

    It makes me wonder why they bothered was it all, and it was wonderful, a huge self promotion ? I don’t know but the proceeds properly invested and supervised would have both saved and improved lives for a long time.

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