Children were abused in UN vehicles, shipping containers and bushes, and at UN camps. Foto: SVT

UN personnel guilty of systematic abuse in Haiti

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Uppdrag granskning can reveal harrowing details from a secret UN report describing how Sri Lankan peacekeepers spent years systematically abusing nine impoverished Haitian children.

”The sexual acts described by the nine victims are simply too many to be presented exhaustively in this report”, it reads.

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100 soldiers

More than 100 soldiers, including officers, subjected vulnerable Haitian children to systematic abuse. Horrific details are described in a classified report obtained by Uppdrag granskning.

Haiti has suffered decades of natural disasters, violence and distress. Tens of thousands of UN troops and UN police have been sent there to protect and help the inhabitants. But allegations started to arise about the UN's own personnel committing acts of abuse.

Children were abused in UN vehicles, shipping containers and bushes, and at UN camps.

Paid a few dollars

The report obtained by Uppdrag granskning contains the testimony of a teenage boy who ”…had both anal and oral sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan soldiers, on average four encounters per night. They usually paid him USD2.”

Soldiers paid the children between one and five dollars, or gave them some crackers, juice or yoghurt as payment. Several girls became pregnant. And although the soldiers in Haiti were replaced, the abuse continued. The report states that Sri Lankan peacekeepers gave one girl's contact details to newly-arrived soldiers, who called her to arrange sexual encounters.

114 soldiers, some of them high in rank, were identified and repatriated to Sri Lanka. 20 of them were demoted or given other disciplinary punishments. No one is said to have been prosecuted.

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