posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 09:49 AM
The UN is afraid, that the peace keeping soldiers abused their power in African countries. Earlier this years they have arrested six memebers of UN
forces, that have abused young women in Congo.
But now new information came out about abuse in other countries: Burundi, Liberia, Ivory Coast and also the island of Haiti.
UN officials fear the sex-abuse scandal among peacekeepers in Africa is more widespread and appears to be a problem in each of the global body's 16
missions around the world.
"We think this will look worse before it begins to look better," Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said. "We
expect that more information will come from every mission on allegations. We are prepared for that."
"We do share concerns that sexual abuse could be widespread, could exist in other places," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told
reporters, noting Washington believed the idea of naming countries that fail to act against offenders was worth considering.
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The undersecretary general for peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno said that they have avoided revelaing the countries, that were hesitating to court
martial the guilty troops.
In Congo there are currently 11.000 military personnel, that help to keep peace in this country. This is the largest UN peace keeping force today, out
of 60.000 UN troops stationed in about 16 international missions world wide.
[edit on 26-2-2005 by Souljah]