Weapon of peace, too?

U.N. investigating sex abuse allegations against peacekeeper in Central African Republic

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Sexual assault is increasingly becoming a weapon of war, but even some of the so-called good guys in conflicts appear to be violating young women and girls. The U.N. said Thursday that its peacekeeping force in Central African Republic launched an investigation into allegations that one of its soldiers sexually abused an underage girl. The disturbing accusations come on the heels of reports in April that French and African soldiers forced underage girls to perform oral sex on them during peacekeeping missions in 2013 and 2014. Both of those incidents are also under investigation, but the U.N. has been criticized for not reacting to those incidents quickly enough. “The U.N.’s head of mission Babacar Gaye is extremely concerned about these allegations and immediate launched the investigation process and informed the government of the Central African Republic,” the government there said in a statement.

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