AFRICA INVESTIGATES
THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES FROM THE WORLD INVESTIGATES IS BACK
UNDERCOVER TO FIGHT CRIME & CORRUPTION ACROSS THE CONTINENT
episode four
GHANA: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
featuring Ghana's ANAS AREMEYAW ANAS
directed by ALLIE WHARF
with original music by Grammy Award winner DANIEL PLATZMAN
GHANA
POPULATION
27 million (2014)
HEAD OF STATE
John Dramani Mahama
GDP per capita
$1850 (£1182)
LIFE EXPECTANCY
61 years
PRESS FREEDOM
27th out of 180 (RSF)

Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposes the theft and black market sale of World Food Program food aid by Nutrition Officers of the Ghanaian government in the country’s impoverished north.

Thousands of children in northern Ghana suffer from acute malnutrition. Many die. Anas documents how local families cannot access adequate food at clinics and distribution centers despite the provision of substantial food aid to the region. A months-long investigation reveals why: officials of the Ghana Health Service tasked with distributing the aid to starving children are stealing and selling it for their own gain.

After secretly filming the stockpiling and sale of stolen food aid by Nutrition Officers, Anas presents the evidence to Ghanaian police. Police raids then result in the on-camera arrest of two government Nutrition Officers.

After the arrest of the corrupt officials, Anas shows the undercover footage he captured to Dr. James, director of The King’s Village Health Center, which treats thousands of local malnourished children. Shaking his head, Dr. James says, “This is comparable to murder."