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Posted on 05/17/2004 4:40:43 PM PDT by ambrose
UN staff in Congo face child sex claims
By William Wallis in Nairobi
Published: May 17 2004 5:00 | Last Updated: May 17 2004 5:00
One of the United Nations toughest missions in Africa is facing damaging allegations that peacekeeping troops as well as civilian UN personnel have been involved in the systematic sexual abuse of minors.
William Lacy Swing, the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told the Financial Times on Sunday that an ongoing investigation into the allegations would be "thorough" and that strict disciplinary measures would be taken to ensure such abuses do not recur, if the allegations prove founded.
The future of UN peacekeeping operations are being discussed at a special meeting of the Security Council on Monday. One of the UN's hitherto most successful missions in Africa - policing the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea - is already undermined by similar allegations of sexual abuse, including claims that UN soldiers were involved in paedophilia and pornography.
"We are trying to deal with this issue thoroughly, seriously and with all transparency," Mr Swing said. "We are determined to be highly professional and above reproach. If there is anything in this we will be very firm on it. We have a huge and very important task to accomplish here."
The UN has over 10,000 troops in Congo, supporting a fragile transition from what was Africa's single most deadly war, in which over 3m people are estimated to have died, many from hunger and preventable disease.
UN officials in Congo said the claims of sexual abuse surfaced in January and involved members of a Uruguayan peacekeeping contingent who were allegedly exploiting underaged girls at an internally displaced camp in Bunia, the provincial capital of the troubled province of Ituri. One of the girls involved had been raped repeatedly in the past by Congolese militia.
Preliminary UN investigations showed that the abuse may have been much more widespread than initial claims, involving Uruguayan, Nepalese and Moroccan peacekeepers and possibly others including civilian UN personnel. Girls involved were between 12 and 15 years old.
Quoting from an internal UN cable, one UN official said that "abuse had been taking place in private and abandoned houses, fields, bushes and churchyards."
I am sure that CNN will be covering this.
These NEA sponsored sex education classes are working beyond belief!
Once again, the for-the-children crowd are the worst offenders.
That is old cake...
How come that they bring it so late?
None of this is true unless Hans Blix verifies it.
Can anyone tell me why this nation continues to lend credence to this corrupt, biased and evil organization?
Get us out of the UN NOW!
Yeah, but did they get any oil contracts???
So...the U.S. is bad because a few soldiers, on a couple of nights, took it upon themselves to humiliate prisoners. Kerry thinks we should turn over a lot of our operations to the U.N. ...apparently Kerry's ashamed of us because we don't go all the way.
G, I wonder if the UN is as concerned about the "Geneva Convention" rights for innocent children under their umbrella as they are about the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal? ~sarcasm off~
I'll be waiting for some African kids to tape themselves cutting off Kofi Annan's head in revenge.
And then it'll happen. Jimmy Carter will be sent in to investigate.
Wait until Dan Rather hears about this! It will be the lead on CBS for the next month! (Right after genocide in Sudan.)
With video....oh wait, they only run Princess Di death videos....
"Once again, the for-the-children crowd are the worst offenders."
Edmund Burke said it best long ago - "Those loudest for the public good have it least at heart."
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. Best that Americans remain in America. The rest of the world seems content to let atrocities (mostly by UN action and inaction) continue.
The final joke's on them. AIDS is rampant in the Congo, even among children.
Soon enough, these beasts will have their chance to explain to Satan, in person, how they got AIDS.
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