OLAF report: International community, USA urged to stop plight of Tindouf populations

Washington - The report by the European Union's Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) urges the international community and the United States to decisively put an end to the daily sufferings of populations held captive in the camps of Tindouf, mainly due to polisario leaders' embezzlement of humanitarian aids, wrote former American ambassador Edward Gabriel for US paper "The Hill".

"The Polisario a dictatorial separatist movement founded in the 1970s and bankrolled and hosted by Algeria continues to enrich themselves while refusing to conduct realistic negotiations that could lead to a sustainable solution to the plight of the people they claim to represent," said Edward Gabriel in an article entitled "On Tindouf Camp abuses, enough is enough".

"It's time for the international community and the U.S. to start taking seriously the eyewitness accounts and official investigations of the Polisario Front's cruel and corrupt dictatorship in these camps and to do something about it," he said.

The investigation clearly documents "well-organized, years-long" embezzlement by the Polisario of humanitarian aid designated for the camps. The OLAF report reveals exactly how the Polisario steals millions of Euros in aid every year for the benefit of its leaders, he went on.

"There's the blatant diversion of food aid. Eyewitnesses along with the World Food Program and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have long reported that the Polisario routinely diverts food meant for the camps populations and sells it on the black market," he noted.