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Kenyan Church leaders accuse UN refugee body of corruption
    Kenyan church leaders have denounced UN High Commission for Refugees staff members for taking bribes before offering to help refugees find homes.
    "We have to restore justice for those who have suffered under this system," said Fr Eugene Birrer, project director of the Nairobi Archdiocese Refugee Assistance Program.
    Antoninah Njau, parish outreach project director at Jesuit Refugee Services, said: "I think they are abusing their office. If the UN lets them (refugees) down, where do they go?"
    Njau and Fr Birrer were commenting on a recently publicised investigation into corruption at the UNHCR's Nairobi office. Allegations included reports that refugees are paying up to $A9500 to UNHCR officers to be relocated to the United States and other countries.
   
CNS
   
2-Mar-01

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