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UN reveals Afghan corruption woes
UN Office on Drugs and Crime says half of all Afghans had to pay bribes for a public service.
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2010 18:30 GMT

A recent United Nations report has Afghanistan as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has just published a report that says half of all Afghans have had to pay a bribe for a public service.

The report said Afghans paid over $2.5bn worth in bribes over the last year alone, exactly the same figure generated by the country's opium trade.

David Chater went to an Kabul pensions department office to get a sense of how widespread corruption is.

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Al Jazeera
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