Earlier this year the United Nations Secretary General admitted that in 2016 there were 145 incidents involving 311 victims, mainly in peace operations. We now know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
A quick scan of UN sexual abuse’ through Google reveals the extraordinary length of time Kofi Anan, Ban Ki Moon and now Antonio Guterres have been saying ‘something must be done.’ And yet no action has ever been taken.
If a United Nations official in New York raped an American child, there would be hell to pay. Similarly, if a UN official in Geneva raped a Swiss child, there would be an outcry. So why is it when a UN official or peacekeeper rapes an African child, the UN ignores it?