[lit-ideas] Lit-Idea More sorrow

  • From: Eternitytime1@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 13:32:38 -0400

This is what makes people in my conservative part of the world sneer at the 
people who value the U.N. and who say that everything is the fault of the U.S. 

It just makes me want to scream.  Is it all soldiers, everywhere?  These are 
babies to me. I think of the daughters of those on this list...

Wishing I was a vigilante,

U.N. troops buy sex 
from teen refugees
Mothers as young as 13 need food for their babies

Posted: May 25, 2004
12:51 p.m. Eastern

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com 
United Nations peacekeeping troops are sexually exploiting teenage rape victims 
fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an investigation 
by the The Independent newspaper of London. 

Many of the girls, as young as 13, are mothers who give up their bodies to the 
U.N. soldiers in exchange for food to feed their hungry children. 

The girls, who live in the Internally Displaced People camp in Bunia, 
northeastern Congo, already are victims of multiple rape by militiamen. 

The British paper interviewed girls and aid workers who said every night girls 
crawl through a wire fence to an adjoining U.N. compound to sell their bodies 
to Moroccan and Uruguayan soldiers. 

In exchange, they receive a banana or a cake. 

The U.N. has pledged a "zero tolerance" attitude to cases of sexual misconduct 
by its respresentatives and has announced an inquiry into the allegations. But 
the London paper says doubts remain about the effectiveness of the probe and 
the ability of the U.N. to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

A 13-year-old girl, Faela, told The Independent her infant son is the result of 
rape by militiamen in her village. Consequently, she is ostracized in the camp 
and has no one to take care of her. 

"It is easy for us to get to the U.N. soldiers," she told the paper. "We climb 
through the fence when it is dark, sometimes once a night, sometimes more." 

The Independent said it spoke to more than 30 girls over five days, and half 
said they made the journey under the fence to the compound run by MONUC, the 
U.N. mission in Congo. 

A worker with the aid group that manages the camp, Atlas, said staff knew about 
the sex trade but were afraid to address it. 

"There is nothing to stop them and the girls need food," he told the paper. "It 
is best to keep quiet, though. I am frightened that if I say something I may 
lose my job, and I have children of my own to feed." 

The head of the U.N. in Bunia, Dominique McAdams, said she she saw no evidence 
of sexual violence in the camp, although she believe it was taking place.

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