Alarm at rape spree by Congolese peacekeepers

Democratic Republic of CongoFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A United Nations envoy has expressed shock at the sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers deployed to protect civilians in the unstable Central African Republic (CAR).
The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), also tasked with supporting the transition process and facilitating humanitarian assistance, among other tasks has been dealing with numerous allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its personnel.
“It was a huge shock to the mission,” said Diane Corner at the completion of her assignment in CAR as deputy head of the MINUSCA.
“It really turned us upside down,” the envoy added.
Corner nonetheless said the importance of MINUSCA could not be overstated saying ad it not been for the presence of the UN force, the country could have degenerated into genocide.
“There’s no doubt we have saved tens and tens of thousands of lives in CAR,” she said.
The more than 600 troops from Congo Republic serving as UN peacekeepers in the CAR are preparing to return home following the allegations of sex abuse and other misconduct.
Last year, 120 troops from the same regiment were sacked following similar allegations involving at least seven victims, including six children.
CAR, a country of 4,5 million people, was plunged into civil conflict in 2013.
More than half the population is in dire need of assistance.
Despite elections and a peace accord, the Central African country has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest caused by Muslim and Christian radicals.
– CAJ News

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