Ethiopia: Live Aid-Arms Aid? | The Economist BBC brought the 1984 Ethiopian famine to the world’s attention. The outcry in richer countries at the starvation of hundreds of thousands of people led directly to Band Aid, Live Aid, and a punchier approach to humanitarian aid. An investigation published last week by the BBC claims to have discovered that nearly all of the aid money handled by the Marxist rebel Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which then controlled northern Ethiopia, was spent buying arms to fight the Soviet-backed dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam. TPLF agents disguised themselves as grain merchants. Their warehouses were purportedly filled with sacks of sand. One source estimated that 95% of the $100m the agents took in was pocketed by the TPLF.

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