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How the UN aids children

Liberia sex-for-aid 'widespread'
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Young girls in Liberia are still being sexually exploited by aid workers and peacekeepers despite pledges to stamp out such abuse, Save the Children says. Girls as young as eight are being forced to have sex in exchange for food by workers for local and international agencies, according to its report.

The agency says such abuse is becoming more common as people displaced by the civil war return to their villages.

The UN in Liberia said it would investigate specific allegations.

The United Nations promised to put safeguards in place after sexual abuse in the refugee camps of West Africa was first revealed four years ago.

But a study by Save the Children, which involved speaking to more than 300 people in camps for people displaced by the war, found that abuse was still widespread.

The report said that all of the respondents clearly stated that more than half of the girls in their locations were affected.

Girls from the age of eight to 18 years were being sold for sex, "commonly referred to as 'man business'," the report noted.

'Clear priority'

One 20-year-old woman told the BBC that she had been forced to have sex with a worker for the World Food Programme (WFP).

"This young man had been doing it to most of my friends. And the children too don't have strong minds. They will have sex with him to get the food," Konah Brown said.

But government officials and teachers are also contributing to the abuse, Save the Children says.

Teachers have demanded sex in lieu of school fees, or even just to give good grades the report found.

"This cannot continue. It must be tackled," said Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children's UK Chief Executive.

"Men who use positions of power to take advantage of vulnerable children must be reported and fired.

"More must be done to support children and their families to make a living without turning to this kind of desperation."

The WFP's Greg Barrow said the organisation would be taking the latest allegations with "the greatest seriousness" and was already taking steps to investigate them.

"The key here is to find what link in this chain of delivering food, and getting it to the people who need it, is perhaps abusing this position," he told the BBC.

The UN's Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Liberia, Jordan Ryan, also said specific allegations would be investigated.

"Unfortunately not all international NGOs have taken it seriously. But it is a clear priority," he said.

"We have never done enough until there's a zero case load. Has enough been done? Not yet. Are we working on it? You bet we are."
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The same thing happened all over Europe at the end of WW 2. I have lived in Burkina Faso and am familiar with the region. It is a deplorable situation that needs to be addressed, and the perpetrators held accountable. In my opinion, you cannot always translate western thinking to other parts of the world. People there do not have the luxury of viewing things in terms of black or white and good or bad. They do not really have choices, period. Their non choices run from black to shades of grey. From a form of Goverment that may be extremly bad, to very bad, to just bad, or as they may hope, only somewhat bad. In the same region, not too long ago, girls were forced to watch their siblings and relatives being decapitated. Then they were forced to kill their own parents with a machete, before being raped by the perpetrators. Afterwards they would be the property of the killers. What if they had to choose between that evil, and what is reportedly happening now? The sad truth is, that this may be the only reality they know. It is a very nasty and brutal World out there. As long as geopolitical aspects and natural resources are part of the equation, politicians seem quite willing to look the other way, only to re claim the moral high ground the moment things become public. Teutone (aka Horst K)

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Leave it to Bot to get all wound up about an isolated he said/she said.

The 2nd strongest instinct man has is of a sexual nature.The 1st being survival.

Nothing like a good old SEX story to get the wackjobs revved up.

The Gov. is running a TV ad that claims 1-out-of-6 kids are being solicited on the net. 1 out of 6..???...that tells me the 'merikkkan kids are little fat piggy's or the number would be much higher.
Its been less then 80 yrs since the AVG. NORM for marriage was 13.
People are at their PRIME between 13-17....its all down hill after them GOLDEN yrs. no matter what the kkkhriztians may want you to believe.Dumb fukz.

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