CIA, UNICEF and Genocide in Somalia

Six-year-old Tariken Lakamu waits for food aid (AP Photo/Anita Powell)

By Thomas C. Mountain (*)


UNICEF oversaw the starvation deaths of at least 250,000 Somalis, mainly children, during the last “Great Horn of Africa Drought”  and famine of 2010-2012 (at the time the worst in 60 years) all the while being led by Anthony “Tony” Lake, former National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton and failed nominee to head the CIA (nomination, withdrawn following corruption reports).


That’s right, Tony Lake was supposed to be the Director of the CIA and instead is Executive Director of the largest aid agency for children and women on the Planet, UNICEF.

Is it any wonder that the use of mass starvation killing off hundreds of thousands of Somali children at a time, should happen on his watch? What better way to “reduce the Somali refugee problem” than to only budget 10 cents a day to feed a million internally displaced persons ensuring this would happen, for under Tony Lake’s direction, UNICEF only budgeted $35 million for 2011 to feed a million Somali refugees.


Ten cents a day is not enough to feed anyone anywhere on this planet and Tony Lake knows this better than most, and deliberately and knowing full well what the result would be, failed to provide food for those most vulnerable, children, entrusted to his care,  and mass murder by starvation took place, genocide really.


This enormous crime against humanity is completely unknown in the west and internationally. The media completely buried this story making it one of the most censored this past decade or more.


This is not the first time Tony Lake has been involved in genocide for he was Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor in 1994 and later admitted publicly that he knew about and did nothing to prevent the genocide in Rwanda, something he “regretted”. 800,000 dead Rwandans and the man closest to the most powerful man in the world “regretted” standing by with full knowledge that genocide was being committed and doing nothing to stop it?


250,000 dead Somalis didn’t even force Tony Lake to drivel any “regrets” because the world knew nothing. The silence in the western and international media on this crime extended to almost the entire alternative media as well, with the infamous case of an award winning journalist, much the darling of the alternative press, landing in Mogadishu, Somalia on a story about drones and CIA “secret bases” and never once mentioned the famine raging all around him. This was in the summer of 2011 and Jeremy Scahill visited Mogadishu right as the famine was hitting its stride, with hundreds of Somalis, mainly children, dying every day, some within just a few miles from the hotel where Mr. Scahill was staying. I guess his CIA vetted fixers made sure he didn’t see anything.


I wrote about this crime against humanity before it happened in an article “Starving Somalis on 10 Cents a Day” where I exposed this planned genocide. Even I didn’t think hundreds of thousands of  children would end up starving to death.


When you mix the CIA and UNICEF maybe you should expect genocide in Somalia, It happened before on Tony Lake’s watch.


(*) Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from here since 2006. You can see his speeches, interviews and articles on Facebook at thomascmountain or best reach him at thomascmountain at gmail dot com

This article was originally published in Telesur.

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