Tuesday, May 27, 2008

UN Peacekeepers Accused Of Abusing Children

image Save the Children UK today released a damning report that outlines the chronic problem of U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers in conflict-torn countries taking advantage of residents in the worst way: making kids trade food for sex, abusing children as young as six, engaging in sex trafficking, forcing kids into prostitution and porn. The organization says that not enough has been done to stop the problem since these crimes were originally brought to light. As Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children UK, prefaced the report, "statements of principle and good intent have yet to be converted into really decisive and concerted international action."

The rest of the story is available here.


At this time I am to traumatized by this story to comment.


LynnAlexander said...

Every time I read a status report on "how far we've come" on human rights and global poverty, I feel disgusted and cynical. I read about these noble goals, and these commitments and resolutions- and I wonder if the money and actual REAL support will follow. We do some talking, sure. But we don't follow it up with concrete action. We also have to look at what different groups are doing. I like Oxfam, for example.

People often forget the impact of war and instability on children, and the most vulnerable. We could do so much more, and yet we often find that the people charged with helping are part of the cycle of corruption and exploitation.

Ebony Intuition said...

I'm just as traumatized as you...

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there! {waves}

I am horrified by this. I wrote about this in a post as part of the May 15th bloggers carnival about human rights violations around the world.

We MUST continue to collectively launch protest after protest with the UN until this is addressed.

Thank you so much for sounding your trumpet!

Renee said...

As a mother every time I think of this, I am pained to the core of my being. I still have not reached the point where I can write a coherent commentary.