Teen accuses peacekeeper of abuse
NEW YORK: The UN said yesterday that a teenage girl alleged she was sexually abused by a UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic, a conflict-torn country that has seen widespread allegations of sexual misconduct by UN troops charged with protecting civilians.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the alleged incident took place on September 30 in the central mining town of Bambari and involved a 16-year-old girl.
He said she was immediately referred to humanitarian organisations “for appropriate medical and psychological assistance” and the UN’s internal watchdog is carrying out an inquiry to verify information and “has preserved evidence”.
Amnesty International reported that its on-the-ground research revealed that one or more Mauritanian peacekeepers allegedly drugged and raped a 19-year-old woman adjacent to a checkpoint manned by the soldiers in Bambari in the evening of September 30.
The rights group said its senior crisis response manager, Joanne Mariner, was in Bambari last week and an Amnesty researcher interviewed the woman and 10 others with direct knowledge of the case. – AP