Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Child abuse by aidworkers and peacekeepers.

Belgian soldiers roasting a boy.

A study by Save the Children UK, May 2008, reports continuing sexual abuse of children by aid workers and peacekeepers. Child abuse by aidworkers, peacekeepers rife-study

The United Nations is investigating claims against its soldiers in countries such as Haiti, Liberia, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Save the Children based its findings on visits last year to Haiti, Southern Sudan and Ivory Coast.

The study found: children trading sex for food, forced sex, child prostitution, child pornography, sexual slavery, sexual assault and child trafficking.

23 humanitarian, peacekeeping and security organisations were linked to sexual abuse in the three countries.

"They especially ask us for girls of our age. Often it will be between eight and 10 men who will share two or three girls. When I suggest an older girl, they say that they want a young girl," a 14-year-old boy who works at a peacekeeping camp in Ivory Coast told the Save the Children research team.

"Many U.N. agencies and NGOs working here feel they cannot be touched by anyone," said an aid worker in Ivory Coast.

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