Beware of peacekeepers bearing gifts

The popular image of the peacekeepers who travel to troubled regions is of a legion of selfless Mother Theresas, putting aside the comforts of their First World lives to aid those most in need.  And that image may well be true for the greater number of them. Unfortunately, one of Africa's many plagues is parasites who, under the guise of being UN peacemakers or representatives of NGOs, come to prey on the most vulnerable:

Young girls in Liberia are still being sexually exploited by aid workers and peacekeepers despite pledges to stamp out such abuse, Save the Children says.

Girls as young as eight are being forced to have sex in exchange for food by workers for local and international agencies, according to its report.

The agency says such abuse is continuing as people displaced by the civil war return to their villages.

The UN in Liberia said it would investigate specific allegations.

The United Nations promised to put safeguards in place after sexual abuse in the refugee camps of West Africa was first revealed four years ago.

But a study by Save the Children, which involved speaking to more than 300 people in camps for people displaced by the war, found that abuse was still widespread.

The report said that all of the respondents clearly stated that more than half of the girls in their locations were affected.

Girls from the age of eight to 18 years were being sold for sex, "commonly referred to as 'man business'," the report noted.

The same article goes on to detail other indignities and abuses aidworkers, teachers and government leaders heap on girls and young women who are entirely dependent on them for survival. 

I'll point out as I always do after passing along this type of information that NOW, and other Western women's groups, are conspicuously silent regarding these acts of misogyny.  Apparently all their energy is currently being used to put forward the economically ludicrous notion of comparable worth. 

Hat tip:  Laer, who is taking a break from Cheat-Seeking Missiles, but who rightly felt it was important that this story be heard. 

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  • http://bdroppings.blogspot.com/ Bill C

    http://bdroppings.blogspot.com/2005/03/more-un-piecegetters.html

    I have to give credit to Dusty. He was the first to coin the phrase Piecegetter.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    People who depend upon a resource of victims will eventually get it that if they can maintain the shitty lifestyles the victims have, and make more victims, they will have an Infinite resource upon which to base their power. Unlike oil, humans are really a renewable resource, to the predators and the oppressors in this world.

    Dependence is dangerous. Being dependent upon anyone is dangerous in that it corrupts the human soul, if you do not have a counter-force of character virtues and self-esteem.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    If I was running Bush’s propaganda ministry, I would engineer a situation in which it appears to be American Marines getting sex for food, and then leak it to the media. After 5 months of investigations, they will eventually find out that it wasn’t really the US Marines. By that time, the damage will have been done propaganda wise to the UN.

    Dan Rather X50.

  • http://www.cheatseekingmissiles.blogspot.com Laer

    I periodically run searches in French newspapers for anything on the French national/UN employee who was deported from Congo after it was found that he had photographed dozens (hundreds) of under-aged girls nude, with the help of his female UN assistant. There never is a hit … it’s as if he fell off the face of the earth.

    Poor, poor Africa. The sad fate of a continent given over to victimhood and dependence on the kindness of others.

  • http://thoughtyoudneverask.blogspot.com/ Zabrina

    And while you (rightly) ask “where are the American feminists on this issue?” you might also be wondering why people like Congressman John Conyers isn’t putting their energy into investigating this scandal instead of into seeking reparations for U.S. slaves long dead:
    http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_reparations.htm

    Some people just couldn’t get serious if their lives depended on it. Certainly not when the lives of little girls halfway around the world depend on it.