The title of my post was a fatuous, smarmy expression during its heyday in the 1960s. With the UN “peacekeepers,” though, it’s taken on a whole, horrible new meaning:
Sexual abuse of children as young as six by aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers has continued unchecked despite repeated promises to stamp it out, according to a 12-month investigation.
More than half of the children interviewed in three countries, Ivory Coast, South Sudan and Haiti, knew of cases of forced sex with aid staff or peacekeepers.
The assaults were often in return for the very food or protection supposed to be provided to the vulnerable in a crisis.
Similar allegations have dogged UN missions since the organisation sent peacekeepers to Cambodia in the 1990s. However, today’s report, from Save The Children, is the first to point the finger at civilian aid staff, including those working for British charities, as well as soldiers.
Elizabeth’s case [gang raped by 10 UN workers when she was 12] is not unique among the 341 children interviewed.
A third claimed that they knew of someone in their community who had been sexually attacked by a peacekeeper or an aid worker.
More than half claimed to know of cases where penniless children, some as young as six, were forced into sexual acts in return for money or food.
If you’re interested in more information about where UN dollars get spent, read the rest here.
UPDATE: I’m glad you came to visit this blog. The UN is, to my mind, an unsavory organization, and the more we know about it the better. This is an old post, however, so if you’d like to see my more recent blog posts, which touch upon conservative political and social issues, please check out my home page. And if you like what you see, come back again.