Almost from the first days of this blog, I have noted the continuing scandal of the United Nations peacekeeping efforts and their chronic sexual abuse of female refugees, many of them young girls. Despite over two years of these stories, the UN still has done nothing to purge itself of the disgusting practices of sexual exploitation and extortion. The BBC reports today that yet another peacekeeping mission has turned itself into a pimping expedition:
Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.
Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.
A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.
Credible? Try inevitable. With its lack of top-down discipline and a political structure that guards against accountability, no one should expect any different result. Despite physical evidence of these rapes and molestations, the UN has done nothing to punish those responsible, instead shipping the accused back home to their countries and ignoring the victims. The sexual abuse continues unabated, and why not? The UN has only offered training and more monitors who stand around and do nothing when confronted with violations.
This rot starts at the top. Kofi Annan, who headed the peacekeeping unit before becoming Secretary-General, set the tone for the most corrupt UN administration in its history by refusing to take any responsibility for the Oil-For-Food scandal. He used his office as a means of personal enrichment for his friends and family. He has focused on his own aggrandizement while atrocities raged unabated in Rwanda and Darfur, and has not lifted a finger to end the abuse described by the BBC.
How long will it take before member nations understand that they bear responsibility for these crimes through their funding of the UN? The only method left to demand reform of the organization is to immediately cut off their funds and padlock the doors until they take action to end sexual slavery in the peacekeeping missions. Let the UN operate out of coffee shops and libraries until they get their act together. When the money gets cut off and all of the bureaucrats stop receiving their graft, perhaps they will suddenly find enough motivation to make the necessary changes to bring accountability into the UN.
Or perhaps not, and the doors will stay closed forever. Given what we’ve seen for the past few years, either state will be an improvement. (via Hot Air and It Shines For All)