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U.N. Sex Crimes In Congo

Michelle Malkin reported last month on the shocking results of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services' findings a wide-spread sexual exploitation and rapes of teenage girls by U.N. peacekeeping forces in Congo.

This evening ABC's 20/20 aired a report showing that the situation, despite the claims of U.N. administrators, has not improved. Senior U.N. officials were secretly recorded consorting with prostitutes and even loading them in U.N. vehicles.

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The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet pedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, a senior U.N. official from France; a colonel from South Africa accused of molesting his teenage male translators; and estimates of hundreds of underage girls having babies fathered by U.N. soldiers who have been able to simply leave their children and their crimes behind.
Read the rest of 20/20 corespondent Brian Ross' story.

This isn't a new problem for the U.N either.

Update: Michelle Malkin has more on the story.


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Comments (14)

Just another nail in the co... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Just another nail in the coffin of the corpse of the organization formerly known as the UN.

I'll bet long green that the MSM asidiously ignores this story to.

Hey Gmac, the MSM just f'in... (Below threshold)
Bill K:

Hey Gmac, the MSM just f'ing reported the story. I am no fan of the media lately either, but it was on 20/20...today.

CNN yesterday.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer two days ago.
And hundreds more from Google News. Including the New York Post, BBC, Reuters, and CBS News.

"ABC's 20/20" isn't conside... (Below threshold)

"ABC's 20/20" isn't considered a part of the MSM?

The tradegy is this first b... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

The tradegy is this first became news a year ago. Kofi said it was all BS spread by right wing Americans out to kill the UN. Then proceded to pull a Viacom and cover it up.

Abuse!?But...but... ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Abuse!?
But...but... a handful of G.I.'s put some panties on some thugs heads in Abu Grahib! That's much worse! It deserves 10 times more coverage than this U.N. 'misunderstanding'! Nevermind that the G.I.'s were immediately investigated and harshly prosecuted.

I wonder if, at their next demonstrations, the 'peace' activists and 'human rights' activists will have posters and banners decrying these U.N. abuses.

This is so typical of the M... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

This is so typical of the MSM. Find a story that reflects badly on the US, and plaster all over every front page for weeks, even thought the US actually charged the people involved.

Find a story that reflects badly on the UN, bury it, and pretend like it didn't happen, and protect many of those involved.

Would somebody please tell me why anyone still thinks this institution is needed or relevant?

I am dumbfounded by the wre... (Below threshold)
-S-:

I am dumbfounded by the wretchedness of this information. And that I've never heard about it or read about it before, despite what you share here as this not being a recently exposed problem (the word, "problem" is so weakly inadequate in reference to the behaviors revealed).

I agree with what Just Me wrote (^^)...it is tragic that the liberal media in the U.S. and Europe are "shocked" about Abu Gharaib and Guantanamo and similar and yet never even give this wretched U.N. awfulness (among others) a second glance, if glance at all.

Are you more shocked at som... (Below threshold)
Bill K:

Are you more shocked at someone you don't know doing Meth and Crack or your own daughter smoking weed.

Of course the MSM in America is more interested in things that directly involve AMERICANS! If you don't believe that should be the case, then why aren't you devoting every single word you write to the ethnic cleansing going on in the Sudan?

Bill if the Sudan reference... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Bill if the Sudan reference is for me, then you will be happy to know I can quite often be found ranting about what is going on in the Sudan, and it is often in connection with how ineffective the UN has been in that regard as well. They didn't even want to call what was going on genocide.

While the US often gets accused for doing things for oil, for some reason the positions of are supposed allies in Europe get a pass, when oil contracts are involved, and they are on friendly terms with the genocidal government.

Bill K: I'm not shocked th... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Bill K: I'm not shocked that things of this sort are going on in the Sudan. Unfortunately on both accounts. What I am shocked about is that the U.N. is involved and it makes hardly a mention by anyone anywhere except in certain blogs and on FOX News, who isn't shy from exposing U.N. awfulness, to the credit of FOX. Unlike other media, which to read/listen/read it otherwise, anyone gets the impression that Annan is "revered the world over" and crud of similar things, while stories like this, about actual deplorable behavior by employees/representatives of the U.N. are never even breathed about otherwise, elsewhere.

The subject is too awful for mainstream news broadcasts, but they could, at least, start reporting just how badly and terribly many from the U.N. behave and have been, it seems, for a while. Instead we get long lectures from Ted Turner about the U.N. as if it was heroic, from Mainstream Media.

As to the blogosphere, many liberals continue to parade Annan as victim to conservative screed. If braying at the crook for behaviors such as this by those he represents, if not is supposed to supervise, represents screed, then fine, I'm screedy.

I wasn't suggesting a daily column by anyone about the bad deeds by the U.N. as to the Media, but ongoing special reports in the form of "watches" of the U.N. would be valuable. It's remarkably a statement that the MM does not even make mention of these awful abuses, however.

If Kofi was the CEO of a la... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

If Kofi was the CEO of a large company, and that company did even a fraction of the things the UN has done, the left wingbats would be calling for his head and years in prison.

But since Kofi is in charge of the UN, he gets a pass, and the left wingbats will either try to make it all Bush's fault, or will give you that "well the UN has a few problems, but that doesn't mean you should blame the whole thing blah blah blah."

It's so depressing that the... (Below threshold)

It's so depressing that the reaction to this story in the blogosphere seems to be
1) More proof that we should destroy the U.N.!
2) This shows that the U.S. isn't the worst!

No one talks about the 4 million dead in Congo, the epidemic of rape as a war weapon, and the fact that the peacekeeping mission needs about three times as many troops to be effective in a country so large as Congo-DRC. I am horrified at the U.N. personnel involved and hope they are prosecuted for their crimes. But the U.N., the World Food Program, UNICEF, UNHCR-- these are the organizations saving lives in the Congo, along with the smaller efforts by private charities like Worldvision and Doctors Without Borders. Trying to destroy the U.N. on ideological grounds shows a total disregard for the live sin the balance in crisis zones. www.kivu.blogspot.com

Louis excuse me while I go ... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

Louis excuse me while I go laugh. The reason nobody seems to be discussing the 4 million dead in the Congo, or the genocide in Sudan, is because the MSM is too busy focusing on Abu Graib (which mind you was a legitimate story, but you would think the UN's sexual abuse of children and women in the Congo-the people they were sent to protect, would warrant at least as many front page news stories), and of course the likes of Michael Jackson etc.

Don't know what world you have been in, but I have certainly been disturbed by the things that have gone on in Africa and the UN's paralysis to do anyting beyond, well, using people for sex, and running away from the people killing each other.

Frankly, I can promise you that private organizations do a better job of helping the people in need in Congo, Sudan etc, than the UN does through any of its humanitarian programs, and I bet they do it for less money.

Did you read any of the new coverage on the UN and Sudan policy from last fall? Did you notice that the US was practically alone in its stance on the Sudan-did you realize that France and China had oil contracts with Sudan?

Then we can head right on over the the UN human right commission. Did you know who is in charge of which human rights charges are going to be brought before the commission? Three countries with documented human rights violations-that is pretty much putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

You may go on dreaming that the UN is some fabulous organization, butin reality it is corrupt, and gives way too much legitimacy to dictatorial, human rights abusing governments.

Just Me, you're a media-add... (Below threshold)

Just Me, you're a media-addled dolt. I've seen the World Food Program feed babies. The U.N. programs dwarf private orgs and are vital in many places in the world... sorry if that doesn't jive with your agenda. The U.N. needs reform and SUPPORT to work better, but some folks just want to kill it outright because of politics. Well shame on those a'holes.




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