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Central African Republic: UN widens probe into fresh sexual abuse claims against peacekeepers02:02

Central African Republic: UN widens probe into fresh sexual abuse claims against peacekeepers

Central African Republic, Bambari
November 21, 2018 at 13:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, met with families who were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by international peacekeepers in the town of Bambari, Thursday.

Power talked to family members, whose daughters were raped by MINUSCA's (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic) peacekeeping mission' soldiers. "The victims are left here, ostracised in their own communities and devastated by the experience. So we are trying to fix the problem of sexual abuse and it was extremely important to hear directly from the people who suffered these crimes," she said.

In order to prevent such incidents in the future, the UN leadership has already "moved peacekeepers away from living, cohabiting with people of the Central African Republic so that is an important prevention step." Power continued: "But the system still has to improve a lot because those soldiers who have been accused of rape and sexual abuse, almost none of them have been held accountable." She also stressed that the UN is trying to fix the problem, "but a lot of the work has to happen in the capitals of the countries that send the troops to MINUSCA."

UN peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abusing more than 100 women and girls across the Central African Republic. Moreover, there have been similar allegations against the French force known as Sangaris, which operates independently in the country. According to the UN report published earlier in March, there were 69 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers in 2015.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, met with families who were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by international peacekeepers in the town of Bambari, Thursday.

Power talked to family members, whose daughters were raped by MINUSCA's (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic) peacekeeping mission' soldiers. "The victims are left here, ostracised in their own communities and devastated by the experience. So we are trying to fix the problem of sexual abuse and it was extremely important to hear directly from the people who suffered these crimes," she said.

In order to prevent such incidents in the future, the UN leadership has already "moved peacekeepers away from living, cohabiting with people of the Central African Republic so that is an important prevention step." Power continued: "But the system still has to improve a lot because those soldiers who have been accused of rape and sexual abuse, almost none of them have been held accountable." She also stressed that the UN is trying to fix the problem, "but a lot of the work has to happen in the capitals of the countries that send the troops to MINUSCA."

UN peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abusing more than 100 women and girls across the Central African Republic. Moreover, there have been similar allegations against the French force known as Sangaris, which operates independently in the country. According to the UN report published earlier in March, there were 69 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers in 2015.

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