An Associated Press investigation into a sexual offence committed by a U.N peacekeeping soldier on his mission duty has shaken the foundations of the international organization and provoked harsh reactions by the global powers.
Sri Lankan peacekeepers have been revealed to be embroiled in a pedophile circle in Haiti that sexually abuses and exploits minors. Numbers indicate that in the years between 2004 and 2007, around 134 troopers have sexually abused and exploited 9 or more Haitian children.
It’s a scandal amidst a series of shameful incidents surrounding the soldiers of the United Nations agency, over the course of the recent years, in multiple conflict zones across the globe.
Rage and Anger from Nikki Haley
The United States Ambassador to the United Nation, Nikki Haley, expressed her administrations discontent and disgrace; insisting that the nations providing personnel to the missions should set a legal framework for their off-shore operations that will curb and limit their misdemeanors and sanction them for any outlaw behavior.
She added in a threatening tone that the countries failing to do so, will be barred from participating in these tasks and will therefore miss on the financial compensation provided in return for their services.
The annoyance of the former Governor of South Carolina comes in light of the negligence that the Sri Lankan government has dedicated to address this issue.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Haley summed up her frustration by asking the attendance: “What do we say to these kids? Did these peacekeepers keep them safe?”
The dishonoring revelation comes at a sensitive time, as the U.N peacekeeping mission had announced the completion of their assignment in the Caribbean island, stating that the isle has now stable conditions and a promising establishment.
The 2,370 officers stationed will be progressively offloaded in the frame of the next 6 month.