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Former rebel admits Ethiopia famine aid used for weapons

Millions of dollars in Western aid for victims of the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 was siphoned off by rebels to buy weapons, according to a BBC investigation.

They used the cash to fund attempts to overthrow the government of the time.

Rebel commander at the time, Aregawi Berhe, told the BBC's Martin Plaut how rebels posed as merchants in meetings with charity workers to get aid money.

Correction 10 March 2010: This page has been amended to make clear that the claims related to Western aid in general rather than any specific fundraising campaign.


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