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Peace at What Price?: U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo - ABC News


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Judith
- 1129 days ago - abcnews.go.com
Widespread allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of Congolese women, boys and girls have been made against U.N. personnel who were sent to help and protect them--despite a so-called zero tolerance policy touted by the United nations toward such



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1634)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:08 pm
Oh, I'm having deja vu over this!! I'm so ashamed of these two young men!! They have NO RESPECT for this sweet young woman :(
TY Judith for posting.....
 

Sandra T. (126)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:09 pm
This is so disgusting, I don't have any words to express. NWO personnel, would me a more appropriate term. It is a hard fact that this is being perpetrated by this UN personnel,but also is done by US soldiers to innocent civilians in the Middle East. We don't have to fool ourselves thinking that this will get better somehow.These are people from supposedly civilized, democratic, human rights upholding countries, yet they behave like barbarians and the most helpless,most innocent are always the ones paying the worst price. If only they would go home and sort out their own affairs and leave others to sort out theirs. The world would be off so much better, but that is not going to happen as we know.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1634)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:11 pm
Noted and Recommended....will fwd.
 

Judith K. (93)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 1:20 pm
The article is from 2005, but that does not mean these problems are solved. Actually, if you google UN crimes you will come accross a lot of atrocities against humanity. Thinking that the UN is this wonderful organization that is working for our good is a sheer illusion. As many of you might know, I am in Kenya several times a year, and there they have a lot of refuges from Congo, Sudan, Somalia etc. What you hear all the time from these people is: If the UN is coming in, you better run. I know for some people this information might be painful, but it is essential to wake up to the true web of lies.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 2:07 pm
The women & children don't stand a chance. So these are the heroes sent to save them from being raped and murdered:( Every war we hear & see the same thing. Wars can only be won when those fighting them really believe in what they are fighting for.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 2:08 pm
So upset I forgot, thank you Judith & Barb for the forward and Judith, it's great to see you back:)
 

Joan for Peace (441)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 2:13 pm
war, sending men to other lands, why do they treat these people like less than human. would they want their sisters or little brothers brutalized. do they not have any compassion. they go where people have so much less than we do in just basic needs and then do things like this. sometimes i feel man could evolve, then i read the news.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 3:33 pm
Thank you Barb and Judith for bringing this to Care2. Thank you, too, Judith Kwoba, for your input. I'm embarrassed to say it, but also probably not the only one here for whom this issue is news.
The issue is disgusting and as foul as any crime against poor and helpless people. Beyond that, i simply haven't the expressive power to vent my horror. More fervently than ever, I pray that Karma is fact. Otherwise, the Universe is truly an immoral place.
I'm sure that most men and women, both among the UN Peacekeepers and those serving in the Middle East, are of a higher moral standard than this article discusses.
 

Toni C. (508)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 3:56 pm
Noted and thanks for the article, Judith... usually I don't read about these things because I feel so helpless to do anything to stop it from happening. As Gerald said, I, too, pray Karma is a fact. While it is true, one rotten apple spoils the bushel.. those rotten apples need to be culled and discarded so they can no longer cause harm to innocents.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:19 pm
Barbarian!!
 

as s. (201)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 4:43 pm
This is an awful display of violence going out of control. I will never understand how people resort to this.
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:05 pm
Cheers Judith...

I did a little research on this subject because I remember reading something similar a while back but couldn't remember where I heard it from. In any case, I didn't get to find what I was looking for but found this:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/10/un-peacekeepers-complicit-in-sex-trade.html
This is an extract of the article - On May 27, 2008, CNN reported that:

"Humanitarian aid workers and United Nations peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries," according to Save the Children.

"After interviewing hundreds of children, the charity said it found instances of rape, child prostitution, pornography, indecent sexual assault and trafficking of children for sex." According to Jasmine Whitebread, Save the Children UK's chief executive:

"It is hard to imagine a more grotesque abuse of authority or flagrant violation of children's rights."

As shocking is the "chronic under-reporting" of believed thousands more children suffering globally in silence, "too frightened to report the abuse, fearful" more will follow, and no one will confront their abusers.

Report on "UN Peacekeeping Economies and Local Sex Industries: Connections and Implications"


By the looks of things the UN are aware of this but fail to address the problem. Good going 'Peace keepers!!' :0(
 

Eternal Gardener (703)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:11 pm
Here we go again; they do it because they can... these are so called grown ups and they still can't tell right from wrong? I do not believe that, is it because their training is seriously flawed?
What a farce!!
 

Romila Lal (9)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:24 pm
It is upsetting to see this picture two men are doing to helpless girl this is disgusting.
 

Lady Flo (107)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 5:38 pm
This is true and very sick.
 

Don Saunders (151)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 6:27 pm
this makes me want to puke bullets ,,, sex with an 11 year old is wrong no matter where you are and they are trying to justify this by using aids as an excuse ,,puke bullets
 

Iona Kentwell (134)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 7:51 pm
I have to admit I had no idea, I thought the UN was a bastion of sanity. Though I know that power can tempt abuse as has been shown time and again. I seriously need to find myself a good news story to recover a bit from the shock. Though, tempting as it is to hide ones head in the sand it is ALWAYS better to be informed, so thank you as always Judith.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Sunday June 26, 2011, 11:33 pm
Absolutely unacceptable behavior from these so called protector when they become the abusers themselves. When as humans we disrespect others we disrespect ourselves in the process as we are all one & connected! Karma indeed will come around for them, as we reap what we sow. Thanks Judith.
 

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:36 am
It's so saddening to know that our UN soldiers are not put to work for the good of mankind but only to keep our filthy armsdealings.
There should be a top 7 or armsdealers around the world and allmost ashamed to admit it but The Netherlands is in that top7 somewhere just like the USA btw.
 

Genoveva M M. (329)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:02 am
Nothing coming from the government will ever be honest.
Government and honesty don't combine, besides human race is a disgrace in many angles, we kill each other with disregard for life; women, kids elders, so we can say animals will ever stand a chance from human compassion. As Eternal Gardener says above: "They do it because they can" I wish the whole world will come together to eliminate these atrocities, but how? if we can even live in peace with each other. The only consolation for me is they are not immortal and some day their time will come, just like they are doing to these poor people. Shame on them, how there!!?
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:50 am
This is insane!! It appears the male mind is infested with destructtion and abuse!
 

Elena Arutiunova (34)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:31 am
Crazy people...
 

Miriam E. (18)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:52 am
Horrible
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (277)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:57 am
SICKENING
 

Julie NO MAIL PLEASE (91)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:24 am
Thanks for sending me the article Barb & Judith for posting. I feel very strongly about this issue, those poor family's who's lives have been ripped apart; if a wife is raped the husband does not want that wife back, he sees her as unclean...so is cast out!
A vast country with immense economic resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the centre of what could be termed Africa's world war.
It matters not that this happened 5 years ago, the war claimed an estimated three million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition. It has been called possibly the worst emergency to unfold in Africa in recent decades.

Ambassador William Lacy Swing, U.N. special representative to Democratic Republic of the Congo, was interviewed by Brian Ross in Kinshasa.
He vowed to end the sexual exploitation of Congolese women and children at the hands of U.N. peacekeepers. Doesn't look like his vow worked!
Tsesi's 15-year-old deaf mute daughter, who gave birth to Deiudonne after being raped by a U.N. soldier from Uruguay. These men that impregnate the poor girls via rape can just forget about them...go back home like it never happened. But for the girls, who's families probably live on a shoe string to start with, how are supposed to support their babies; Its scandalous & wrong! .

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army has launched a court of inquiry against 12 officers and 39 soldiers allegedly involved in cases of sexual abuse while they were deployed as UN peacekeepers in strife-riven Congo
NEW DELHI: An Indian Army officer is under a probe by the United Nations' mission in Congo on sexual exploitation and abuse charges after he was allegedly found in the company of sex workers in a hotel there.
DNA tests have proved that babies born to local young women showed they had "distinctive Indian features".

Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war and with extraordinary brutality: Gang rape is commonplace.
The U.N. is there for their protection, so when the protectors become violators, this is particularly egregious
U.N. peacekeeping troops first came to Congo five years ago to stop a raging border war, and the first reports of sex crimes began within a year of their arrival.
Men from roughly 50 different countries make up the U.N. forces in Congo, and the United Nations does not conduct background check...so any tom dick or harry can go and have a field day;raping young girls & boys etc.
The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet paedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, a senior U.N. official from France; a colonel from South Africa accused of molesting his teenage male translators; the list is endless but rarely do we see these monsters convicted of their crimes!! AND THEY SHOULD BE!

THE FOLLOWING IS A VERY INTERESTING DOCUMENT- WITH PRECISE ROLES TO ACT ON WITH REGARD TO RAPE, VIOLENCE ETC.

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Comprehensive Strategy on Combating Sexual Violence in DRC: Executive Summary page 1
Final Version – 18 March 2009
http://monusco.unmissions.org/Portals/MONUC/ACTIVITIES/Sexual%20Violence/KeyDocuments/Comprehensive%20Strategy%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

 

Latonya W. (83)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:30 am
What a disgrace.........unbelievable.........
 

Margaret K. (19)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:33 am
This story is rather misleading as it its not NEWS. What is the UN's current position on these past atrocities? I would find that interesting and what are they doing to protect the women and children of the DRC now?

THIS IS SOME OF A RECENT NEWS STORY WHICH NO ONE SEEMED TO BE INTERESTED IN! I WONDER WHY?

Eastern DR Congo has been named the rape capital of the world. As many as 48 women are raped every hour. Attacks are perpetrated by various rebel militia groups, even the Congolese army and rape by civilians is becoming ever more common.

If people are really interested in the Congo they should visit this sit ~ http://www.congonow.org/news.php
 

Judith K. (93)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:42 am
Margaret, the fact that the story is older does not turn it into an untrue story. I suggest you start to google yourself. and educate yourself about what the true nature of the UN is.
 

Dana W. (9)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:53 am
Horrible!
 

Alicia N. (87)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:08 pm
all crimes need to stop! sadly noted................
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:39 pm
disgusting !
 

Margaret K. (19)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:38 pm
"I suggest you start to google yourself. and educate yourself about what the true nature of the UN is."

@ Judith, I am pretty well educated about the UN and the Congo . I use Google and other search engines regularly to find what I want. When I look for the good in people I often find it. I also too often find the bad and then I try to do something about it. I also know that there is good and bad in every group of people.

I have contacted CONGO NOW -
Congo Now! is a coalition-led campaign to raise awareness of the continuing violence and civilian suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). and I have been assured that your story is in no way current to their knowledge! The following is a quote from their reply to me.

"The most recent attack, that is actually news(http://congonow.org/newsarticle/mass-rape-nyakiele) was reportedly committed by a rebel group of the Congolese army. They had been a rebel militia who had been drafted into the military in a peace settlement. This is a common situation in the DRC. When it looked like there might be a structural reshuffling that the group didn't like, it deserted and allegedly attacked a local village, raping up to 170 women and looting supplies. When the Congolese national army is performing attacks such as these, when the LRA is increasing its attacks, when the FDLR are still loose and while the whole region is riddled with smaller armed groups, the U.N. are a necessary presence."

I would hate to think that good and decent UN peacekeepers would be taken out of the Congo where they are needed because of something that was done by a minority of bad people 6years ago!


 

monka blanke (74)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:49 pm
disgusting ! I'm glad I don't live there.
 

. (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 9:17 pm
The UN soldiers are only a front to pretend like the UN is doing something. The UN soldiers are another occupying force that isn't doing anything to protect the local populations. They are there to ensure that large corporations can still get all of the minerals they need. The UN has been making a mess of the DRC since the 90's and it only seems to get worse. Hundreds of rapes occur only miles way from their bases by militias. Then the UN soldiers go and rape and abuse some more. They should all be sentenced to the harshest sentence possible. Their commanding officers should also be sentenced as they are responsible for their soldiers' behavior.
 

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Monday June 27, 2011, 9:41 pm
Kotan is our reason for being there.
 

Margaret K. (19)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 12:29 am
Rinie You are right and there is a petition on the go which everyone should sign to help stop the suffering in the Congo. See http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/stop-the-blood-coltan-violence-in-the-congo/
 

Gillian Van Wyk (2)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 4:20 am
maybe the UN should be tried for war crimes, they don't seem to realise that they should be an example of good behaviour to the prople that they are protecting. WHat message are they sending out to they people they are protecting the civilians from. It is a case of do as I say don't do as I do. What chaos!!!!
 

Linda Chambre (18)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:34 am
When are these crimes going to stop against women, these poor victims.
 

alicia m. (100)
Thursday June 30, 2011, 4:59 am
¡qué asco!
gracias Judith and Gerald!

please sign:

on Margaret's behalf 12:25 AM

Stop the 'Blood Coltan' Violence in the Congo!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/6/stop-the-blood-coltan-violence-in-the-congo/#

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/987/643/275/

gracias
 
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