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Attila the Pun
Sunday, March 20, 2005
 
I don't wanna be like Mike

Whilst it would be unfair to tarnish the reputation of an entire organisation through the actions of a select few, the record of sexual abuse by UN troops just gets worse and worse. For all the carping about the Iraq war being unilateral, it appears that as a parent, you wouldn't want the UN anywhere near your country or your children:

AUSTRALIAN soldiers drew arms to protect themselves from Jordanian peacekeepers after a Digger blew the whistle on other Jordanian soldiers' sexual abuse of East Timorese boys.

Corporal Andrew Wratten had to be evacuated and Australian commandos sent to protect Diggers in Oecussi, an East Timorese province in Indonesian West Timor, after he told the UN of the pedophilia that occurred in May 2001.

Corporal Wratten, who was working at a fuel dump in the enclave, was told by a group of children that Jordanian soldiers had offered food and money in exchange for oral sex and intercourse.

The allegations involved East Timorese minors, all boys, the youngest of them just 12 years old.

A Jordanian officer in HQ told the Jordanian contingent that Wratten had blown the whistle on their activities, so they came and threatened the Australians. Next time someone demands that the UN be sent in, I think the UN's record deserves serious consideration.

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