UN hit by fresh sexual abuse allegations


The United Nations (UN) has been hit by new allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused four underage girls in Central African Republic (CAR).

The latest allegations bring to 26 the number of sexual abuse cases targeting peacekeepers in the CAR, the AFP news agency reports.

“We are really sick and tired of this coming back each time,” New Zealand’s UN Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen said, after the Security Council discussed the issue at a closed-door meeting in New York, AFP reports.

It quoted a UN official as saying that some of the abused girls had allegedly been living in a camp in CAR’s capital, Bangui, for people who had fled the violence that has hit the country since 2013.

The peacekeepers are believed to have been from Egypt, Morocco and Gabon, though the UN has not given any confirmations on this.