Teen ac­cuses peace­keeper of abuse

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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

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