To think the high heels petition is not as important as this issue.. TRIGGER WARNING [Title edited by MNHQ]

(39 Posts)
Hubb Tue 17-May-16 13:33:20

UN soldiers have been raping and sexually abusing children, and I have not come across much about it in the mainstream media. One girl was forced to have sex with a dog...one girl died as a result of injuries from the abuse...

This hasn't captured people's attention as much..and I guess maybe because it is so sensitive it is harder to people to share and talk about, but that's really letting vulnerable children down so I wanted to post this here.

Anyone got any ideas why this issue doesn't get the attention it deserves? Genuine question, would like to open a debate.

Also I'm asking please will you sign to demand accountability?

137k signatures for the high heels petition and 7k for this one.

community.avaaz.org/petitions/we-will-not-stand-by-when-un-soldiers-abuse-rape-and-murder

You won't be spammed, you just get one confirmation email and that's it.

Hubb Tue 17-May-16 13:35:15

I am of course not trying to undermine the high heels petition effort! Am off to sign that petition as well!

ghostyslovesheep Tue 17-May-16 13:39:03

I think you need a trigger warning in your title

I'd like to read more about the facts of the allegations and of course it's not acceptable and should be investigated and prosecuted

It's the rape and sexual abuse of women and girls though - it's never really seen as overly important or even news worth - especially in war - sadly

Hubb Tue 17-May-16 13:41:12

I thought putting "TW" would be enough but will report to MN so they can amend if necessary.

There is quite a lot of information on the link to petition.

whatdoIget Tue 17-May-16 13:41:57

There's already a thread with a link to the petition on somewhere (feminism?)
Not a criticism at all, it can't have too much publicity. Just wanted to let you know that people do care .

PaulAnkaTheDog Tue 17-May-16 13:42:23

I really didn't want to know graphic details. That's left me quite shaken. I don't normally buy into trigger warnings but this thread really needs one.

whatdoIget Tue 17-May-16 13:42:30

I thought TW stood for transwomen blush

BadDoGooder Tue 17-May-16 13:42:41

Fucking hell, I had no idea about this.
Truly fucking sick.
"Peacekeepers" my arse.

Sadly I suspect this is much more comman than we would like to think.

Signed.

Hubb Tue 17-May-16 13:49:58

WhatdoIget

I saw that thread on feminism, thought I would try and get some more attention on here as there didn't seem to be much interest.

TW not as obvious as I thought then! I have asked MN to amend if needed.

oldjacksscrote Tue 17-May-16 15:48:59

Signed

Hubb Tue 17-May-16 20:01:11

Thanks to those who have signed.

I agree that in general this kind of story isnt going to be very newsworthy..especially as the victims arent white and British.

As an aside, the UK is one of the founding members of the UN and our money goes towards funding their activities so maybe we have even more responsibility as Brits to demand a response. I mean that in addition to the outrage felt on a human level.

clearsommespace Tue 17-May-16 20:21:17

Bumping. Threads don't stay active for long at this time of day.

Oscarandelliesmum Tue 17-May-16 20:24:06

Appalling, signed.

BlueEyedPersephone Tue 17-May-16 20:27:00

Should have far more signatures, bump to keep active

BeYourselfUnlessUCanBeAUnicorn Tue 17-May-16 20:27:47

Signed. There are no words for this. sad

Catnuzzle Tue 17-May-16 20:33:31

Signed.

BornFreeButinEUchains Tue 17-May-16 20:38:36

Rachel weiss was in this film about the UN

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Whistleblower

"inspired by the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who was recruited as a United Nations peacekeeper for DynCorp International in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999. While there, she discovered a sex trafficking ring serving (and facilitated by) DynCorp employees, with the UN's SFOR peacekeeping force turning a blind eye. Bolkovac was fired and forced out of the country after attempting to shut down the ring. She took the story to BBC News in England and won a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit against DynCorp"

ThreenageMutantWhingerTurtle Tue 17-May-16 20:45:35

Signed.

takemetomars Tue 17-May-16 20:58:08

signed

Charley50 Tue 17-May-16 20:59:37

Signed.

glenthebattleostrich Tue 17-May-16 21:04:34

Signed and a link tweeted

FirstWeTakeManhattan Tue 17-May-16 21:11:23

Signed, but please, that TW needs to go further about the nature of the content.

For personal reasons, reading the opening of the first post has caused me some distress. I'm off MN for the night.

CopyAndPasteCuntingJournos Tue 17-May-16 21:21:59

Signed. Horrific.

venusinscorpio Tue 17-May-16 21:55:17

Yes, I've read Kathryn Bolkovac's book. The powers that be just let UN Peacekeeping personnel of all types exploit kidnapped women and girls with impunity in the former Yugoslavia, as they still do in many other places.

venusinscorpio Tue 17-May-16 21:57:03

And when I say exploit, obviously I mean abuse and rape, and profit from other men abusing and raping them in many cases.

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