UN Peacekeepers have been raping children in the Central African Republic.
MINUSCA, the mission resulting in nearly a hundred allegations of child sexual abuse, gave soldiers the mandate “to protect civilians and support transition processes” following the devastation of war.
The brutality of this systematic child sexual abuse is entirely at odds with the humanitarian values the UN claims to uphold. Yet UN troops have a history of exploiting people in communities shattered by war and natural disaster, an institutional failure which is yet to see any meaningful resolution. From the international powers-that-be down to right-on liberals, many a blind eye has been turned.
The Predatory Peacekeepers campaign aims to end this abuse, and the culture that enables it, by forcing the world to sit up and take notice: to acknowledge that the soldiers positioned as “good guys” are too often perpetuating the worst sort of crimes against humanity, that Black African children are worthy of care and protection, that a laissez-faire attitude towards a system enabling child sexual abuse is what allows it to continue unchallenged.
Spearheaded by Samantha Asumadu and Guilaine Kinouani, the petition demands that the UN hold soldiers to account for the rape and abuse of children, with culprits fully investigated and prosecuted.