French peacekeeping soldiers had raped young boys in Central African Republic and paid them with food and money, a leaked report from the United Nations revealed. One nine-year-old boy told about the rape he experienced in the hands of two French soldiers.
The report was leaked to the French authorities by a senior United Nations aid worker who was disappointed by the UN’s apparent lack of response regarding the matter.
Sodomy and sexual exploit by French soldiers
The appalling sexual exploits were done to young boys who took refuge at a center for internally displaced people at Central African Republic. The rape and sodomy took place in the period between December 2013 and June 2014, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Guardian.
In the report, the children said soldiers sexually abused them in return for food and money. One 11-year-old revealed that he was raped when he was supposed to look for food. One nine-year-old revealed he was abused by two French soldiers as his friend kept watch. The soldiers then forced him and his friend to engaged in a sexual act. The child was traumatized and decided to escape the center after his experience, the report stated.
The copy of the report was given to The Guardian by Paula Donovan who works as co-director of the advocacy group Aids free World.
“The regular sex abuse by peacekeeping personnel uncovered here and the United Nations’ appalling disregard for victims are stomach-turning, but the awful truth is that this isn’t uncommon. The UN’s instinctive response to sexual violence in its ranks – ignore, deny, cover up, dissemble – must be subjected to a truly independent commission of inquiry with total access, top to bottom, and full subpoena power,” Donovan told The Guardian.
The report titled “Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces” was leaked to French authorities by senior United Nations aid worker Anders Kompass.
Kompass was disappointed by the United Nation’s apparent leniency in handling the case.
The UN has since suspended Kompass after the leak, The Guardian reported. The organization is now facing criticism for doing so.
French peacekeepers are under investigation
French authorities are now looking into the allegations of sexual exploits, Expatica reported.
According to the statement from France’s defence ministry, the local government was made aware of the allegations at the end of July 2014. The statement said the information was given by the United Nations high commission for human rights.
“The defence ministry has taken and will take the necessary measures to allow the truth to be found. If the facts are proven, the strongest penalties will be imposed on those responsible for what would be an intolerable attack on soldiers’ values,” reads the statement obtained by Expatica.
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