An investigation by a team of journalists reveals that Lafarge which owns Lafarge in Malawi, entered into a business agreement with the notorious ISIS terrorists groups just to keep up the company’s profits.
The investigation, undertaken by French daily Le Monde, shows that the cement maker Lafarge entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State (IS) group which is also called Daesha.
The deals were made in 2013 when the IS group – then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – began taking control of towns and roads around Lafarge owned factories in Syria.
“Lafarge paid taxes to IS group and negotiated safe passage for its trucks in order to continue its operations. Le Monde [which carried the investigation] reported it had seen emails sent by Lafarge managers in Syria ‘revealing arrangements that Lafarge made with the jihadist group’” reads part of a report by France24.
The deal, according to another investigation by Zaman al-Wasl, saw Lafarge regularly buying oil from Isis as well as provision of Lafarge cement and other construction material to the terrorist group.
Lafarge, without confirming or denying the business deal, reportedly said its absolute priority has always been ensuring the safety and security of its staff.
The company, the world’s leader in construction materials, entered the Malawian market in 2001 upon its acquisition of Portland Cement Limited. The Malawi company is yet to come out on how much it benefited from the profits realised from the deals entered with the terrorist organisation that’s killing innocent lives around the world.