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Saturday, December 18, 2004
  Ahh, the UN, that final bastion of moral authority
What is it with the UN and child sex? Everywhere you find those Blue Helmeted ineffectual fools (ask the Dutch how well they served the Bosnians) you find a UN operated child sex ring Best of all we get that supreme icon of moral behavior Kofi Annan telling the US that it is imoral and illegal in it's actions.
Congo Sex Scandal Prompts Efforts for Reform in U.N.
Certainly some, even many, U.N. peacekeepers and civilian officers in this war-plagued region were. Aziza's story and at least 150 other reports of sexual abuse in Congo have come to light in recent months, shocking an institution that considers itself an agency of mercy.

The shock has inspired action on an overhaul of the U.N.'s 16 peacekeeping missions around the world. In Congo, home to the largest operation — with about 11,000 soldiers and 1,200 civilians — the allegations point to nearly all of the major peacekeeping contingents. But they also involve senior civilian officials, including a top security officer, a chief on the U.N. special envoy's staff and an internal oversight investigator.

The charges range from rape to exploitation — sex for a bottle of water or a military ration — to "relationships" or solicitations that are marked by a severe imbalance in power. One case, involving a French U.N. staffer who took digital pictures of underage girls, has caused concern that it could become "the U.N.'s Abu Ghraib" if the photos get out.

Charges of sexual abuse have haunted U.N. peacekeepers for years, most notably during operations in Cambodia, the Balkans and Liberia in the 1990s. The cases in Congo, however, may mark a tipping point.

Two years after the first charges were made, top U.N. officials have finally denounced the problem openly and vowed to punish those involved.

Last month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressed the issue publicly for the first time.
 
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