The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic or CAR came as a “huge shock” to the UN Mission there also known by the acronym, MINUSCA.
That’s what Diane Corner, the Deputy Head of MINUSCA said during a visit to UN Headquarters in New York on the last day of her tenure.
International troops serving as peacekeepers in CAR were accused of sexually abusing a number of young children in exchange for food or money between 2013 and 2015.
A year later, an investigation by the UN uncovered more claims of abuse in ten peace operations.
The majority were made against MINUSCA and the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO.
Ms Corner shared with Liz Scaffidi the impact these cases have had on MINUSCA and the UN overall.