Reveal News reports that 22 employees of humanitarian aid contractor ‘DAPP Malawi’ have filed a legal complaint against their employer, claiming they were forced to work thousands of unpaid hours.
DAPP Malawi, which disagrees with the workers’ assessment, has been linked to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five of the group’s leaders — including founder Mogens Amdi Petersen, shown in photo talking with reporters in 2006 — are Interpol fugitives wanted for serious financial crimes in their native Denmark.
A most compelling statement in the article (linked below) comes from one of the plaintiffs, Kambani Kufandiko, who worked on USDA-funded DAPP projects in southern Africa from 2008 to 2012:
“The United States people, I think they should know the Teachers Group has used [U.S. taxpayers’] money in a way that was not the intended purpose, where they want to help the community, they want to help poor farmers, they want to help Africans. It’s not like that. They’re helping somebody who is in Mexico building mansions.”
The last part of Mr. Kufandiko’s statement refers to Tvind’s luxurious international headquarters, TG Pacifico, located on Mexico’s Baja coast. In 2016, the Danish news outlet, DR3, published the first photos of Petersen in 10 years, taken at the high-security Mexican compound.
‘DAPP’ is an acronym for Development Aid from People to People.
The article by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is here