< /head > Colorado Coalition for Human Rights: UN Aid Workers Said to Abuse Young Girls in Liberia

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

UN Aid Workers Said to Abuse Young Girls in Liberia

From the NY Times:

Liberian girls as young as 8 are being sexually exploited by United Nations peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers in return for food, small favors and even rides in trucks, according to a new report from Save the Children U.K.
The report said the problem was widespread throughout
Liberia, a small country struggling to get back on its feet after a long and bloody civil war.
Save the Children based its findings on interviews with more than 300 people in camps for displaced people and in neighborhoods whose residents have returned after being driven away by war. They said men in positions of authority — aid workers and soldiers, government employees and officials in the camps — were abusing girls.

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--Tom Hayes


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