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August 05, 2016

Unicef Cuts Ties to African Charity Linked to Alleged Cult

The United Nations Children’s Fund has broken with a nonprofit that coordinates humanitarian programs in Malawi and has been linked to the Teachers Group, an alleged cult organization headed by an international fugitive, the Center for Investigative Reporting writes. The British government has also cut off funding for DAPP (Development Aid From People to People) Malawi, reports the BBC, which partnered with the center to investigate the charity.

DAPP Malawi has received tens of millions of dollars over the past decade from Unicef, the European Union, and the British Department for International Development to run education, health, and agriculture projects. It also coordinates U.S. humanitarian work in the East African nation.

The media investigations allege that DAPP diverted donor money to the Teachers Group and that its employees were required to join and give their wages to the latter organization. Teachers Group was started in Denmark as an alternative school system, but Danish authorities say it has grown into a network of nonprofits, commercial ventures, and offshore entities set up to hide its assets. Its founder, Mogens Amdi Petersen, fled Denmark in 2006 and is wanted by Interpol on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion.