Ending Corruption In Angola Would Help More Children Survive
New York Times: An Unsettling Complicity
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
“There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries. One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. … The other kind of parasite afflicting Angolan children is the crooked official, often working with Western executives. It’s not a coincidence that Angola is a center for both kinds of parasites. … When officials pocket health care funds, [investigative journalist Rafael] Marques de Morais noted, children suffer. … The way to help … the 150,000 [children] who die each year in Angola, is not just to hand out medicines. It’s to hold Angola’s leaders accountable so that they use oil money to buy deworming medicine and not $2,000-a-bottle Dom Pérignon. It’s to support those brave Angolans like Marques de Morais who are trying to improve governance…” (3/26).