Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Peacekeepers and Aid Workers Abusing Children

"Children as young as six are being sexually abused by peacekeepers and aid workers, says a leading UK charity.

Children in post-conflict areas are being abused by the very people drafted into such zones to help look after them, says Save the Children.

After research in Ivory Coast, southern Sudan and Haiti, the charity proposed an intern
ational watchdog be set up.

Save the Children said it had sacked three workers for breaching its codes, and called on others to do the same.

The three men were all dismissed in the past year for having had sex with girls aged 17 - which the charity said was a sackable offence even though not illegal.

The UN has said it welcomes the charity's report, which it will study closely.

Save the Children says the most shocking aspect of child sex abuse is that most of it goes unreported and unpunished, with children too scared to speak out."

-BBC News

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PZ says:
A person has to be very sick mentally and spiritually to prey on those they have pledged to help.
This can't stand.

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Blackgirl On Mars said...

Thanks for saying something about this. I read about this report and it has been weighing heavily on me--I'm glad you took the time to write something about this.

PurpleZoe said...

Peace Lesley ^_^

Thanks for stopping through.
It's incredible to me that this is taking place, especially considering one of the main solution-based arguments for Darfur is the demand activists (incl. myself) have that more peacekeepers be deployed. If we can't trust the peacekeepers and aide workers, how do we help with the immediate crisis innocents are facing?

I'm reading more on Darfur in hopes of learning more and becoming more effective in spreading word that motivates.

Thankyou taking the time to comment.

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