Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Peacekeepers and teachers acting as sexual predators in Liberia

This is the first headline I saw this morning. Not exactly the way to start one's day.

Via Reuters

UN peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers are having sex with Liberian girls as young as 8 in return for money, food or favors, threatening efforts to rebuild a nation wrecked by war, a report said on Monday.

Save the Children UK said an alarming number of girls were being sexually exploited by men in authority in refugee camps and in the wider community, sometimes for as little as a bottle of beer, a ride in an aid vehicle or watching a film.
It goes without saying, this is intolerable and unnacceptable. I can't imagine how any decent human being would take advantage of their positions of authority for the purposes of sexual exploitation, violating the trust that was put in them to bring aid to a war torn region. It is absolutely outrageous that the UN could allow such to ever take place in the first place.

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