Monday, December 04, 2006
I was horribly shocked when I turned on the new this morning. It was really a documentary by BBC… Hats off to them for carrying out such an investigation. I have tried and summed it up for you…
A BBC investigation has found Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia. Again, United Nations peacekeepers. Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money. The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.
In Haiti, a street girl as young as 11 had reported sexual abuse by peacekeepers outside the gates of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.
A 14-year-old described her abduction and rape inside a UN naval base in the country two years ago. Despite detailed medical and circumstantial evidence, the allegation was dismissed by the UN for lack of evidence - and the alleged attacker returned to his home country. In Liberia, meanwhile, a 15-year-old said she had been attacked by a UN officer on 15 November.
Peace workers who sent to places, to help the population and make their lives easier in turn betray them. The lives of those young children our scarred for ever, just because they trusted a humanitarian worker. I think it’s absolutely disgusting, pathetic and spiteful to even have such workers working in an organization like the UN.
Who are these citizens supposed to trust? After gaining knowledge on such incidents I wouldn’t want to, would you?
PS- Please keep the comments going, I would like to know your views on this issue.
Posted by Rayna at 9:00 PM