An Associated Press report exposes the horrific human rights abuses being inflicted with funds we send to the United Nations. More than 2,000 cases of sexual abuse and exploitation in 12 years by U.N. peacekeepers have been alleged but not one arrest has been made. More than 300 of those cases were against children as young as 12.
Haiti has been a prime location for these human rights atrocities we help support. Abandoned and orphaned children are left to beg on the streets and exchange sex for money.
The African peacekeepers have brought a deadly strain of cholera to the impoverished nation and women left pregnant by these monsters are in dire need of support.
The peacekeepers are selected by the nations they represent, not the U.N., and the new U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres promises to do better but that’s been the mantra of previous secretaries.
One little 12-year old in Haiti had sex with 50 peacekeepers, including a “Commandant” who gave her 75 cents. Sometimes she slept in U.N. trucks on the base next to the decaying resort, whose once-glamorous buildings were being overtaken by jungle, the Times reported.
In one particularly grim case in Haiti, a teenage boy said he was gang-raped in 2011 by Uruguayan peacekeepers who filmed the alleged assault on a cellphone. Dozens of Haitian women also say they were raped, and dozens more had what is euphemistically called “survival sex” in a country where most people live on less than $2.50 a day, the AP found.
Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph has been trying to get compensation for victims of the cholera strain left by the Nepalese peacekeepers. More than 10,000 have died. He’s also trying to get assistance for a dozen pregnant Haitian women.
“Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera,” Joseph said in Port-au-Prince. “Human rights aren’t just for rich white people.”
Tennessee Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been calling for reforms in the United Nations. Perhaps Donald Trump will do it. He’s called for reduced funding.
Corker and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley want a review of all missions.
Corker recalled his disgust at hearing of the U.N. sexual abuse cases uncovered last year in Central African Republic.
“If I heard that a U.N. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga,” he told AP, “I’d be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.”