Friday, May 29, 2015

Moose Jaw Times-Herald: Lisa's Corner: Peace is an option

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.

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