Afghan Government Corruption Thrives While the People Starve

In the shadow of the Afghanistan war, corrupt officials live in opulent homes while poor people sell their children for food.

Corruption is flowering in the shadow of the Afghanistan war. A new report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reveals that bribery consumes an amount equal to 23 percent of the GDP of Afghanistan. Afghans are forced by corrupt government culture to pay more than a third of their income in bribes. Earlier this month, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reported that 3/4 of all their active corruption investigations involved at least one Westerner.

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Derrick Crowe is a political associate at Brave New Foundation working on the Rethink Afghanistan campaign. He is a 5-year Capitol Hill veteran and a trained Creating a Culture of Peace nonviolence facilitator.