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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Semi-annual "UN peacekeepers raping kids" update

And here it is, straight from the BBC.

Back in '05, the sexual abuse in Haiti and Liberia drew this bold promise from one senior UN official:
"The blue helmet has become black and blue through self-inflicted wounds," Jane Holl Lute, a senior U.N. peacekeeping official who heads a U.N. task force on sexual exploitation, told a congressional committee investigating allegations that U.N. personnel participated in rape, prostitution and pedophilia in Congo. "We will not sit still until the luster of that blue helmet is restored."
A year and a half later and where are the new allegations coming from? Haiti and Liberia, of course. Fortunately, there was one senior UN official available for comment:
"We've had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping - problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations," Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.

"My operating presumption is that this is either a problem or a potential problem in every single one of our missions."
Mark your calendars for summer '08, when shocking new UN sex scandal allegations from Haiti and Liberia splash page A1 C29 of the New York Times.

There's bad apples in every military force, including our own. The travesty here is that the suspects are free to act without fear.
The UN said it had firm knowledge of only two concrete examples of sex offenders being sent to jail, although it believed there could be others it did not know about.
Why have only two sex offenders been sent to jail? Because much of the rest of the world takes a more, shall we say, sophisticated approach than us dumb simpleminded American folk:
At the time, the U.N.'s top official in Cambodia, Yasushi Akashi, played down the gravity of the allegations, saying, "Boys will be boys."
Boys will be boys!

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