Wednesday, May 28, 2008
U.N. Blue Helmets Raping And Abusing The Children They're Supposed To Be Protecting
Children as young as six are being sexually abused by peacekeepers and aid workers, says a leading UK charity.
Children in post-conflict areas are being abused by the very people drafted into such zones to help look after them, says Save the Children.
After research in Ivory Coast, southern Sudan and Haiti, the charity proposed an international watchdog be set up.
The UN has said it welcomes the charity's report, which it will study closely.
Save the Children says the most shocking aspect of child sex abuse is that most of it goes unreported and unpunished, with children too scared to speak out.
Heather Kerr, Save the Children's Ivory Coast country director, says little is being done to support the victims.
"It's a minority of people but they are using their power to sexually exploit children and children that don't have the voice to report about this.
Handling controversy and crimes just as his predecessor -
Kofi Annan - did, the old-fashioned way. By ignoring it.
More from the BBC News:
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth - not her real name - was walking in fields with her brother, following an aunt who had gone ahead to work on the family's plot of land near the town of Man in north-western Ivory Coast, when they were approached by "les casques bleues", as UN peacekeepers are known.
Her brother took a biscuit from one of the men; she refused.
As Elizabeth tried to run away, one of the soldiers seized hold of her. There were 10 of them.
I spoke to Elizabeth near her home. She said: "They grabbed me and threw me to the ground and they forced themselves on me... I tried to escape but there were 10 of them and I could do nothing... I was terrified.
"Then they just left me there bleeding..."
Elizabeth was raped by 10 peacekeepers and abandoned.
Her village elders say they tried to take the case to UN officials at the camp nearby. But Jean-Baptiste Domade, one of the village chiefs, said they were made to wait for ages and then sent away.
Elizabeth's brutal rape is one of an unknown number of sexual assaults carried out by peacekeepers and aid workers, the very people who are brought in to post-conflict areas around the world to protect the vulnerable.
A report by Save the Children UK says such assaults are continuing and, despite an undertaking by the UN and other international bodies to operate a policy of zero tolerance, little appears to be done on the ground to stop the attacks taking place.
The 10 peacekeepers accused of the attack on Elizabeth have returned home.
Well, I certainly wonder what kind of bribes and kick-backs Jean-Baptiste is receiving from the UN to not report and investigate these crimes.
There was a small chance things could improve within the UN when John R. Bolton was the interim U.S. Ambassador to the UN - but no - he wasn't palatable enough for the uber Liberals and Progressives. Apparently the Insane Liberal Clown Posse approves of weak individuals in the UN who will look the other way when children are raped and abused.
God, I hate the UN. It is an organization filled with nothing but the most devious, corrupt pedophiles and lawbreakers on the face of the earth. Throw every single UN member and Blue Helmet - every last one of them - into a tank filled with sharks and let the sharks feast upon them.
How can I possibly add anything to a statement that describes the UN so appropriately! Befitting and hilarious!
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