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November 23, 2004

UN: 150 sex abuse charges in Congo peacekeeping. Now there is Congo-sexgate

Topics: International News

Reported by Reuters AlertNet -

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The United Nations is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.

The accusations include pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.

Lute, an American, said there was photographic and video evidence for some of the allegations and most of the charges came to light since the spring.

"We are shining a light on this problem in order to determine its scope, and we will not stop there," Lute told a news conference.

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Also, Captains Quarters  and Michel Malkin have additional comments and perspectives. Michel refers to this report as the U.N.'S ABU GHRAIB and doesn't expect much of this to be reported by the MSM. The Captain comments that this has the potential of making Abu Ghraib look like a tea party. In his post he reminds us of an earlier post at Captain's Quarters in which he wrote (back in May 2004)of teenage rape victims fleeing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how they were being sexually exploited by the United Nations peace-keeping troops sent to the stop their suffering. It is absolutely both amazing and dismaying that this has been 'under the radar' of the MSM and world leaders.

The ongoing ineptitude, ineffectiveness, and corruption of the Kofi Annan regime and the U.N. as a whole continues to be a scandal of monumental proportion. Inasmuch as the U.N. has long-standing traditions of having an unwillingness to go against the status-quo and to bathe in an ocean of "good ole boy" internal politics, why should we expect anything more of the U.N. than what we have seen in the previous inability to act against Iraq except by passing sequential no-value resolutions, the "oil for food' scandal, and now Congo-sexgate.

Let's not forget that Kofi Annan is the first Secretary-General of the United Nations to be elected from the ranks of United Nations. He has done little since his election except to maintain the status-quo, cater to France and Russia, protect U.N. management from sex scandals, overlook the gross  mismanagement of departments, overlook misappropriation of funds, and do little to contribute to the quality and effectiveness of U.N. missions. Perhaps his 'good ole boy" roots just run to deep! And while we are on a roll, and I hesitate to mention the race card here, but would the world press and the U.N. be all over this if the teenage girls in the Congo were white? I even hate to bring that up, but this kind of thing has been going on in Africa for a very long time. Is Kofi Annan playing Uncle Tom?

And yes, Captain's Quarters and Michel are both right. Congo-sexgate will never get the attention it deserves from the New York Times and other liberal members of the MSM, and this scandal in the Congo does make Abu Ghraib look like a tea party. But think about it, where have the world's MSM been on the Ivory Coast shootings by the French? Answer, playing Ostrich.

Posted by Hyscience at November 23, 2004 12:31 PM



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