By Lisa Goudy
It might be tempting to undervalue the work of peacekeepers.
This might be especially true given the sexual-abuse scandal, a scandal that needs to be taken seriously.
Over the past 20 years there have been reports of sexual abuse and
exploitation by UN peacekeepers worldwide. UN Secretary-General,
Ban Ki-moon, reported 79 of those allegations.
According to an article on The Globe and Mail, last month a “leaked report revealed that UN investigators had found evidence
that French troops had sexually abused children in a refugee camp in the Central African Republic in exchange for food.”
The Globe and Mail
article also said that Roméo Dallaire – commander of the UN
peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994, a retired
lieutenant-general and former Canadian senator – had said he has
“personally seen reports of sexual abuse among UN peacekeepers
since 2001,” the article said.