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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The UN scandal (no, NOT oil for food)

Living in the shadow of the Oil-for-Food controversy is another major United Nations scandal that may cause untold damage to the world body’s already declining reputation. U.N. peacekeepers and civilian officials from the U.N. Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo stand accused of major human rights violations. At least 150 allegations involving rape, forced prostitution and other henious crimes have been made AGAINST THE UN MISSION ITSELF. The allegations concern are defenseless refugees, many of them children, who have already been brutalized and terrorized by years of war and who looked to the U.N. for safety and protection. I am torn between fury and sadness and disgust, all at the same time.

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