UN fumes at rapist CAR peacekeepers

UN convoysFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations is concerned by the sexual abuse perpetrated by some of its peace workers in the Central African Republic.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Chief of the Department of Peacekeeping
Operations, said the beleaguered peacekeepers were tarnishing the image of tens of thousands of their colleagues posted in conflict zones around the world.
The UN envoy recalled a contingent of peacekeeping troops, mostly Ugandan, had been withdrawn due to charges of sexual abuse.
The disgraced troops had been since 2011 tracking the rebellion of the
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) of insurgent leader, Joseph Kony, in eastern Central Africa.
“One of the contingents had to be removed recently for sexual abuse,”
Lacroix said.
“This is one of the examples to address this issue. We do not hesitate to
go as far as this decision. It is true that this has also accentuated, at
least temporarily, this deficit of capacity.”
Lacroix felt UN troops need better equipment and he wished more women among peacekeepers.
“We have a much stronger policy against sexual violence,” he added.
CAR is overwhelmed by a deteriorating particularly in the eastern part of the country and the south-east.
Muslim radicals and Christian extremists are involved in deadly clashes
that have left thousands of people dead and a significant portion of the
country’s population of 5 million has been displaced.
CAJ News

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