East Africans working for US security firms in war zone

Author: The East African, Published on: 23 November 2009

Thousands of Ugandans and Kenyans are working in Iraq and Afghanistan as contractors for US-based security companies. They are paid wages far greater than they could earn at home — but far lower than those that Americans and Europeans receive for doing similar work...Emira Woods, the head of a foreign-policy project at a progressive think tank in Washington, says the main objection to private security contracting is that these workers cannot be held accountable for human-rights violations in the same way that soldiers can. [refers to Triple Canopy, DynCorp International, Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group]

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