Now UN peacekeepers stand accused after 612 cases of sex abuse | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Now UN peacekeepers stand accused after 612 cases of sex abuse

MORE than 600 women and children claim they are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation at the hands of United Nations peacekeeping forces sent in to protect them.

And top officials believe the allegations represent only “the tip of the iceberg”, estimating the true figure to be up to 10 times that amount.

Official UN statistics reveal over the past five years the UN has recognised the claims of 612 women and children who say they were victims of abuse, involving 353 separate claims against UN staff in peacekeeping operations alone.

Some incidents involved multiple women or children claiming they were abused by more than one perpetrator.

In 131 cases the victim said they had been made pregnant by their attacker with many of the mothers being children when they were abused.

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