Starving children 'as young as nine-year-old' compelled to give UN officials oral sex to get food

Starving children 'as young as nine-year-old' compelled to give UN officials oral sex to get food

By: || Updated: 20 Dec 2015 09:07 AM
For food from UN peacekeepers, children as young as nine traded oral sex in warzones while officials looked the other way, a shocking new report has claimed.

Memos about the sexual abuse in the Central African Republic were "passed from desk to desk, inbox to inbox, across multiple UN offices, with no one willing to take responsibility", the report found, reported the Sunday Express.

It added: "The welfare of the victims and the accountability of the perpetrators appeared to be an afterthought, if considered at all."

As per the investigation, French peacekeepers from the UN's children agency, UNICEF, failed to act on reports of sexual abuse in early 2014 in the midst of civil war.

Profound regret was expressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he said that these children were betrayed by the very people sent to protect them.

He accepted the panel's comprehensive findings.

Interestingly, even after more than a year and a half of the sexual abuse allegations, not even a single arrest has been done.

Last week, four French soldiers were questioned and released without charge, reported the English daily.

What's more shocking? It took almost 12 months for UN staff to respond to allegations of rape by six children.

One child reported he had been anally and orally raped.

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