Members of a UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic allegedly turned to sexual predation, betraying their duty to protect
Story by Kevin Sieff, photos by Jane Hahn, Washington Post, Feb 27, 2016
Bangui, Central African Republic—The neighborhood is a patchwork of low-slung buildings scorched and looted at the height of the civil war, a place where the United Nations was supposed to come to the rescue. But in a number of homes, women and girls are raising babies they say are the children of U.N. troops who abused or exploited them.
“Peacekeeper babies,” the United Nations calls such infants.
“A horrible thing,” says an elfin 14-year-old girl, who describes how a Burundian soldier dragged her into his barracks and raped her, leaving her pregnant with the baby boy she now cradles uncomfortably.
The allegations come amid one of the biggest scandals to plague the United Nations in years. Since the U.N. peacekeeping mission here began in 2014, its employees have been formally accused of sexually abusing or exploiting 42 local civilians, most of them underage girls…
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UN Security Council endorses steps to combat sexual exploitation by UN peacekeepers, with extensive background as compiled on New Cold War.org, March 14, 2016
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