Children as young as six being sexually abused by UN Peacekeepers and aid workers

by Kal El on May 27, 2008 · View Comments

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The UN is becoming more and more like a festering pus-filled boil that needs to be lanced.

Six-year-olds sexually abused by UN peacekeepers

Sexual abuse of children as young as six by aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers has continued unchecked despite repeated promises to stamp it out, according to a 12-month investigation.

More than half of the children interviewed in three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Haiti, knew of cases of forced sex with aid staff or peacekeepers.

The assaults were often in return for the very food or protection supposed to be provided to the vulnerable in a crisis.

Similar allegations have dogged UN missions since the organisation sent peacekeepers to Cambodia in the 1990s. However, today’s report, from Save The Children, is the first to point the finger at civilian aid staff, including those working for British charities, as well as soldiers

Its findings suggest a continuing lack of action despite promises to tackle alleged abuse made at a conference of UN officials and aid agencies in December 2006.

Six months after that meeting’s stern commitments, 12-year-old “Elizabeth” claimed that she was walking to tend her mother’s fields past the camp of a battalion of UN peacekeepers in northwestern Ivory Coast.

“There were men there who called my little brother over and gave him biscuits,” she haltingly told The Daily Telegraph last week in a village close to the town of Man.

“I refused to go, but one man came to me and held me by my dress and took me into the bush far from the road. His friends came, there were 10 of them. They held me down and raped me one by one. I could not flee. They were big men.

Afterwards I ran to my village, I was crying all night and vomiting. Even today I have medical problems. I can never forget that thing, it is stuck in my mind and I keep seeing it happen over and over like a film.”

Too fearful to leave the security of her village, she has dropped out of school. Even now, almost a year later, she says she freezes with fear whenever she sees a white UN or aid agency vehicle.

Elizabeth’s case is not unique among the 341 children interviewed.

Yet another reason the UN needs to be banned from the United States, and dissolved. In its place a coalition of DEMOCRATIC Nations (read: No islamic totalitarian states, no communist dictatorships, like Venezuela and Cuba).

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