A window into the UN’s peacekeeping missions

by on September 24th, 2004

The following are excerpts from a report published on the South African Independent Online. It is not an easy read, and it should make anyone sick before mighty anger begins to build up at those responsible: namely, Kofi Annan’s United Nations and his European enablers.

Anyone who thought the massacre at Srebrenica, which was not only witnessed but in fact facilitated by the UN, constituted an isolated case of “improper management” by an otherwise noble United Nations should think again:

Kalemie, Democratic Republic of Congo – The United Nations truck to the biggest brothel in Kalemie departs every Saturday night at “21 hundred hours”, as they say in the military. And soldiers they are, including South Africans, the men who descend from the white truck with official UN logos.


Up to 45 UN soldiers, mainly Uruguayans, quickly link up with the available girls, some as young as 14 years. The whole operation is supposed to be over at “0100 hours”. The weekly event is monitored by uniformed colleagues in an attempt to ensure that everything happens “in an orderly way”, says a spokesperson for the UN force, Monuc.

Did you catch that? The “weekly event” is monitored by uniformed colleagues, says a spokesperson for the UN force. But it gets better –or rather, worse:

Earlier this year, other UN soldiers in the town of Bunia were caught organising child prostitution. Others were buying sex for food from young rape victims in a camp for internally displaced people. A report about the scandal, allegedly featuring several South Africans, was scheduled for release in August but is still not out.

Yes, you read well: “organising child prostitution”… “buying sex for food from young rape victims.”

But, when we visited on a recent, average Saturday night – at the height of the weekly UN invasion – it was no problem to find girls aged 14 and 15. One of them, 15-year old O, is an orphan who arrived in Kalemie during the war. The diminutive bosom under her red dress makes it impossible to ignore that you are dealing with a child.

“They come, they see me, they take me without asking my age,” says O. She normally has sex two or three times on a Saturday night. On Wednesdays, she meets the soldiers on the beach at Lake Tanganyika. They will then bring her food that they have smuggled out from the base.

The girls sell the smuggled food from Monuc’s base to shops in Kalemie where it is bought by civilians employed by the UN.

“Where else in the world can you buy a kilo of vacuum-packed Brazilian coffee for less than two dollars,” asks Monuc spokesperson Michel Bonnardeaux…

Of course, for “spokesperson” Michel Bonnardeaux, the fact that such good prices come at the expense of child prostitution is of no concern. There are indeed no apt words to describe the baseness that the international bureaucrats of the UN have reached.

But maybe there are still some words left to explain the fact that those are the kind of people under whose command John Kerry wants to place American troops. That Mr. Kerry (after having served in the company of American soldiers, no less) still fails to recognize the moral superiority of the American military –so much so that he deems it necessary to somehow “restrain” the character of U.S. service men and women via control of a putridly corrupt and murderous organization like the UN– tells more about the true nature of the illustrious senator from Massachusetts than anything his campaign managers and speech writers may be able to produce.

Marcos Rodriguez