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More on the UN’s literal rape of the Congo
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, February 12, 2005

The UN continues to prove its not up to the job:
Widespread allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of Congolese women, boys and girls have been made against U.N. personnel who were sent to help and protect them — despite a so-called zero tolerance policy touted by the United Nations toward such behavior.

The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet pedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, a senior U.N. official from France; a colonel from South Africa accused of molesting his teenage male translators; and estimates of hundreds of underage girls having babies fathered by U.N. soldiers who have been able to simply leave their children and their crimes behind.
Meanwhile, all is quiet in the UN Headquarters in NY. As far as the UN official in charge of the UN operation in the Congo goes, though, well he just heard about all of this:
William Swing, a former U.S. ambassador to Congo who now heads the U.N. peacekeeping mission there, admitted the sexual crimes were a black mark on the United Nations.

"It pains us all," he said. "It's absolutely odious. And we're determined to wipe it out."

But Swing said the problem was just recently brought to his attention, and that only a small percentage of the 11,000 U.N. personnel in Congo were involved.

"A few people have managed to basically cause disgrace for the mission and for the U.N., and that's why we're determined to conquer it. I have sent a dozen home," Swing said. But human rights investigators have reported a far wider, even systemic problem, recording more than 150 allegations against U.N. employees in Congo.
He sent a dozen home? Wow ... that'll show 'em.

And Didier Bourguet, the former "senior U.N. official from France". His computer was recently confiscated upon which authorities found thousands of pictures of him having sex with hundreds of young Congolese girls.

Your UN at work under Kofi Annan.

UPDATE: Annan sent a letter to the Security Council in which he's outlined "strict measures" taken to stem this behavior:

What "tradition and honor of UN peacekeeping?" Like Dafur, or Rwanda? The Congo? Iraq?

The only functioning network they established in the Congo was that of a pedophile. It apparently was the only one which functioned well.
 
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