The role of the UN’s peacekeeping force is again under scrutiny after a catalogue of disturbing sexual allegations whilst the conflict rages on in the Central African Republic (CAR).
UN peacekeepers in the CAR are facing serious allegations of wide-spread sexual abuse, exploitation and gross misconduct. Details of the allegations are shocking. In one case, UN staff said they interviewed a girl and a boy who were aged 7 and 9 respectively when they were allegedly abused in 2014 by French ‘Sangari’ troops.
The girl said she had been assaulted by French soldiers ‘in exchange for a bottle of water and a sachet of cookies.’ A report by Human Rights Watch claims not enough is being done to bring the perpetrators to justice and offer support to the victims of the abuse. How should the UN be dealt with over this serious breach? And what of the original crisis in the CAR? Has that simply been abandoned?