United Nations : The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young that they didn’t quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One buy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier. “until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad.”
Another boy 9, said he thought the soldiers had been urinating. United Nations investigators heard such stories of sexual
abuse from several boys in May and June 2014 in Central African Republic. where French soldiers were protecting a sprawling displaced persons Camp in the conﬂict-torn capital, Bangui.
One year later. revelations about how the UN handled the boys accounts have horrified people both inside and outside the world body Statements marked “strictly confidential” have shown that ins top human rights officials failed to follow up for several months on the allegations their own ofﬁce had collected. No arrests have been announced. and it’s not clear where the accused soldiers. who were supporting a UN peacekeeping force. are now. The UN seems unable to say when the abuses slopped. or how long it continued to investigate. On Friday, more documents were released by a non-governmental organization run by two former UN staffers that‘s calling for an independent investigation into the case.
The documents show UN officials scrambling not so much to help a French inquiry into the allegations but to investigate the
human rights staffer who told French authorities in the ﬁrst place. The interviews continued through June 24.
A Geneva based human rights staffer shared the report with French authorities in July.
The boys‘ accounts are simple and stark. An 11- years old said he had gone “looking for empty wrappings to play with” when a French soldier ﬁrst called him over. later giving the boy food and a little money in exchange for oral sex. Another bog, 9, “had been severely beaten by his mother when he told her what had happened.” A Unicef spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions Friday about how the children’s agency reported the allegations. and to whom.