Thursday, March 03, 2005
SAEN: Ignoring The UN Scandal
Recently the Times of London did an article on the sex-for-food scandal involving UN staff and peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In what the newspaper referred to as "the United Nation's Abu Ghraib", the Times reported about acts of rape committed by UN personnel on women and children in the African country, and the fact that some of those acts against women and children were filmed. Tapes of those crimes are now being sold around the Congo.
The Times report said that investigations have revealed 150 allegations of sexual misconduct by UN employees and peacekeepers. Some of the acts include paying for sex with food such as jars of mayonnaise and jam.
These acts bear no resemblance to what happened at Abu Ghraib as far as the mainstream media is concerned. Unlike the Iraqi prison, the "perps" are UN personnel and not the American military so the mainstream media simply looks the other way. The fact that the victims are "just Africans" may also be part of the reason that the media justifies ignoring it.
Consider the relish with which the SAEN reported the Abu Ghraib story, and contrast that with it's relative silence on this travesty. Hey, I know, maybe the SAEN isn't aware that pictures of the abuse do exist and maybe if they can get their hands on some they'll run them in their "newspaper" for three months straight?