Thursday, March 03, 2005

 

SAEN: Ignoring The UN Scandal

We can argue till the cows come home about Abu Ghraib, but the UN Scandal in Africa involves the rape of children. Yesterday on Fox News there was a report about a 12 year old girl who left her house to buy corn; unfortunately she ran into two UN Peacekeepers who raped and sodomized her. So I think we can all agree that the perpetrators of these horrible crimes must be punished, even if the UN gets dragged through the mud some more right? No, at least not according to the MSM in Canada and the US; their silence on this issue is criminal. This article was written about the Canadian press ignoring the sex-for-food scandal, but it could just as easily apply to the SAEN:
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?
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