U.S. taxpayers are paying billions of dollars a year for an ineffective system that stands idly by in the face of genocide and does nothing when their own forces rape and exploit children.
United Nation peacekeepers are now being investigated for nearly 2,000 sexual assaults against the women and children they are supposed to be protecting.
The Associated Press investigation has revealed that the U.N. does not have the authority to hold any of these foreign soldiers accountable for the molestation of children.
The U.N. does not have soldiers of its own, but sends troops from foreign countries to act as peacekeepers. Since the U.N. does not have any authority to discipline these troops, corrupt third world governments are responsible for policing their own troops.
This situation is particularly heinous because those who are being exploited are the most vulnerable and live in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Political unrest and the danger of genocide is why U.N. peacekeeping forces are sent into a country in the first place, yet it is apparent that the U.N.’s presence has only added to the violence and oppression in these countries.
For example, the Sri Lankan government was tasked with providing 950 peacekeepers to Haiti from 2004-2007, when there was a coup against Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In 2007, when a child sex ring was discovered, over 100 Sri Lankans were sent home. However, none of them have been reported to have received discipline or imprisonment for their molestations.
Unbelievably, the US gave the U.N. $2.4 billion for peacekeeping activities last year.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker Republican, of Tenn., who is also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, has been calling for reforms in the United Nations and President Trump is proposing a 31 percent reduction to the U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy budget.
Corker and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley want a review of all missions.
Corker recalled his disgust when hearing of the U.N. sexual abuse cases uncovered last year in Central African Republic.
“If I heard that a U.N. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga,” he told AP, “I’d be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.”
The AP report focuses on the abuses of the U.N. peacekeepers, but a 2015 report by the liberal Guardian questioned the effectiveness of these units.
Nearly 8,000 Serbs were killed in a so-called “U.N. Safe Zone.”
In Africa, the U.N. stood idly by while hundreds of desperate Tutsis seeking refuge were slaughtered.
So again, the question must be asked, why are U.S. taxpayers paying billions of dollars a year for an ineffective system whose ranks are filled with dangerous and violent perverts?
According to the AP, 134 Sri Lankan personnel had a child sex ring involving 9 children who were 12 and under.
But the Sri Lankan’s were not the only nation of peacekeepers involved.
There is one horrific story of a teenage boy who said he was gang-raped in 2011 by Uruguayan peacekeepers who filmed the alleged assault on a cellphone.
Other peacekeepers are also accused of raping dozens of Haitian women, and many others peacekeepers forced what is euphemistically called “survival sex” in a country where most people live on less than $2.50 a day.
The U.N. peacekeepers are also abandoning the women they impregnate.
One woman claimed she was impregnated by the commander of the Sri Lankan forces. Though he claimed no responsibility, the U.N. and Sri Lankan government gave her a onetime payment of $45,000 without requiring a paternity test.
Another woman said she was raped at gunpoint by a Brazilian soldier and became pregnant.
Janila Jean said she was a 16-year-old virgin when a Brazilian peacekeeper lured her to a U.N. compound three years ago with a smear of peanut butter on a piece of bread. He raped her at gunpoint and then left her pregnant.
She finds her days filled with tears.