Saturday, October 22, 2011

As WFP Hands Security to Official Linked to Canal Hotel, No Answers

By Matthew Russell Lee for story)

UNITED NATIONS, October 22 -- Within the World Food Program, staff complain that WFP chief Josette Sheeran has put in charge of security the UN official in charge in Iraq at the time of the deadly Canal Hotel bombing, Ramiro Lopes da Silva.

After being contacted with this and other complaints, Inner City Press five days ago posed questions to WFP's spokesperson and others, including Ms. Sheeran:

These are Press questions for WFP for a story today:

1st, please respond to criticism of having put Ramiro Lopes da Silva in charge of security for WFP, given his role in Iraq in connection with the Canal Hotel bombing.

Ban Ki-moon & Sheeran, answers on safety & finance not shown (c) UN Photo

2d, please provide a WFP comment on what staff call the cover up of abusive threats by "WFP poster boy Kevin"

3d, and going back some time, please provide an update on the seizing of WFP's Inspector General's computer

4th, please provide WFP income to date from the program of Pizza Hut and Zynga (creators of Farmville video game).

Please provide all that you can during business hours Eastern Standard Time, thanks.

Ms. Sheeran, her auto-responder said, was too busy to respond on these safety and financial transparency questions, either on October 17 when they were sent or in the five days since: "Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, may not be able to read and/or respond to your email immediately."

Spokesman Gregory Barrow was more specific: "I am away from the office until Monday 24 October. For any urgent inquiries while I am away, please contact Emilia Casella, Global Media Coordinator."

The question were immediately on October 17 resent to Ms. Casella, Global Media Coordinator, but were neither acknowledge nor answered.

So what are the answers? And given the importance of trying to feed the world's hungry, is this any way to run an international organization? Watch this site.

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