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Started by Agaliarept on 09-Feb-2018 08:58:29
Oxfam isn’t alone: UN peacekeepers also abuse girls in their care

A Times investigation has uncovered the terrible fact that women and young girls in Haiti have been sexually abused, bullied and exploited by the very people paid to keep them safe: the staff of Oxfam, which sucks up £300 million a year from us in public and private money.

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/02/oxfam-isnt-alone-un-peacekeepers-also-abuse-girls-in-their-care/

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Agaliarept - 09 Feb 2018 08:59:51 (#1 of 123)

On a hill in the city where hucksters sold ‘tribal’ masks, I saw a fat man get out of a UN Land Cruiser, take a very young Liberian girl by the hand and lead her down a side street.

Home schooling? I was keen not to be unfair. It was only after I got home that I read a Save the Children report into the seamy side of the aid effort in Liberia and Sierra Leone and found out how common it was for UN officials (and other NGO workers) to insist girls ‘paid’ for help by putting out. The Liberian girls, when questioned by Save the Children, had said they’d assumed that sex for food was the official deal. Their parents hadn’t complained, because food was in short supply.

Unbelievable but also totally believable. I don't even know what to say. Except this has to change.

invicta - 09 Feb 2018 09:05:39 (#2 of 123)

Power without oversight will inevitably result in abuse, and these organisations clearly do not have proper safeguarding policies or compliance processes to ensure people are doing what they should.

Gotout - 09 Feb 2018 09:07:00 (#3 of 123)

They get away with it because they are powerful and any attempts to reform will be thwarted by the ones at the top who are afraid to rock the boat.

StephanieSuperpowers - 09 Feb 2018 09:10:39 (#4 of 123)

But here's the thing. On a purely human level, why don't the aid workers and peacekeepers care about the people for whom they're supposed to care?

Can't they see how they degrade and debase themselves when they abuse vulnerable people and the world's most desperate?

Agaliarept - 09 Feb 2018 09:11:54 (#5 of 123)

Power without oversight will inevitably result in abuse

So we've seen time and again. What's the answer? How do we take power away from people as we clearly can't be trusted? What would it look like in a society where no one had power over anyone else? Is that even possible?

and these organisations clearly do not have proper safeguarding policies or compliance processes to ensure people are doing what they should.

Again unbelievable that this should be the case. How are publicly funded organisations gifted so much trust?!

SheikYerbouti - 09 Feb 2018 09:20:32 (#6 of 123)

UN peacekeepers are usually just soldiers from neighbouring countries. Its not surprising that some of them will be criminally corrupt. This is something we lose sight of in our rather naïve liberal faith in the working of the UN as an organisation.

Yammoto - 09 Feb 2018 09:55:26 (#7 of 123)

William Shawcross in "Deliver us from Evil" is worth a read for anyone interested in the UN.

SinnerBoy - 09 Feb 2018 09:58:58 (#8 of 123)

StephanieSuperpowers -

On a purely human level, why don't the aid workers and peacekeepers care about the people for whom they're supposed to care?

Perhaps they don't actually give a shit and like perverts who join the Police, priesthood, teaching and other jobs in positions of authority, do it to get access to vulnerable people.

darkhorse - 09 Feb 2018 10:01:36 (#9 of 123)

Agree with #6.

The UN has "safeguarding" problems comparable with occupying armies and policing. The US famously had problems with abuse of civilians and prisoners in Iraq. I doubt the UN has any more ability to employ angels than the US army does. But the least they can do is not cover it up and endeavour to prevent it and address it where it occurs.

InternationalVicar - 09 Feb 2018 10:54:44 (#10 of 123)

The general method of running an army is to get ignorant poor boys away from their comfort zone, brutalise them, fill them with fear, lie about any bad news.

The fact they don't make ideal care workers isn't a surprise.

The aid workers have no excuse, it's down to culture, background and what they're used to getting away with. Same as the other abuses of power in the trending spotlight.

Can be self-justified as a worldy way of showing you understand local culture as opposed to ignorant liberal aid workers imposing their values.

StephanieSuperpowers - 09 Feb 2018 10:59:43 (#11 of 123)

You're probably right, Dinner, I just can't imagine the mindset of a person who looks at a child in Haiti and thinks, "mmm, I could buy me some sex from that starving child".

StephanieSuperpowers - 09 Feb 2018 11:00:22 (#12 of 123)

Or, more accurately, I could pay that starving child to not protest too much when I rape them.

bailliegillies - 09 Feb 2018 11:13:26 (#13 of 123)

Can't they see how they degrade and debase themselves when they abuse vulnerable people and the world's most desperate?



No, they don't as they don't see the child/abused, just their own gratification!

SinnerBoy - 09 Feb 2018 12:54:43 (#14 of 123)

...I just can't imagine the mindset of a person who looks at a child in Haiti and thinks, "mmm, I could buy me some sex...

I don't think most people can, to be honest.

Brunothecat - 09 Feb 2018 16:30:58 (#15 of 123)

From the paper that brought you The Hitler Diaries, eh? It will be interesting to see if/how the story develops. But if its only the Murdoch press and the Spectator (Prop. Andrew Neil) bigging this up at present let us not rush to lapping it up. The UN and Oxfam are very unpopular in some quarters where they are accused of being 'political'.

Gotout - 09 Feb 2018 16:49:20 (#16 of 123)

if its only the Murdoch press and the Spectator (Prop. Andrew Neil) bigging this up



How about CNN?

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/06/africa/united-nations-peacekeepers-sexual-abuse/index.html

And our wellbeloved Grauniad

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/un-troops-abused-least-eight-females-central-african-republic

Brunothecat - 09 Feb 2018 16:50:05 (#17 of 123)

OK then, if there is confirmation it develops.

guigal - 09 Feb 2018 16:56:42 (#18 of 123)

An obvious case for the USA to contribute morally sound troops to Blue Helmet operations. They appear to make zero contribution to troop numbers at present.

invicta - 09 Feb 2018 17:47:19 (#19 of 123)

#5

Armies do not make good police forces. One of the main reasons is that military discipline is considerably more hostile to the notion of sous-veillance than civilian organisations. The idea of lower ranks being able to judge and report the behaviour of superior officers is not entertained and consequently there exists a level of mid-ranking officers who are (at best) prone to exceptionalism or (at worst) utterly corrupt. The answer is credible external scrutiny, as it always is.

ElleDriver - 09 Feb 2018 17:51:03 (#20 of 123)

There was a 2010 film made about this kind of behaviour, called The Whistleblower. Still going on, then, I see.

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