Day by Day

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


It's getting to the point where putting up stories like this one almost isn't worth it.

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.

The most shocking aspect of this abuse is that most of it goes unreported and unpunished, a new report argues, with children too scared to speak out.

The UN has said it welcomes the report, which it will study closely.

A 13-year-old girl described to the BBC how 10 UN peacekeepers gang-raped her in a field near her Ivory Coast home, and left her bleeding, trembling and vomiting on the ground.

No action has been taken against the soldiers.

Has there been a UN "peacekeeping" mission that didn't involve NATO where things went right? How many more tales of rape, drug running, and child prostitution are we going to be forced to listen to?

And some people STILL think the UN has "moral authority". Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

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