UN officials call for breaking intravenous drug abuse-AIDS link

Highlighting the link between intravenous drug use and transmittal of the AIDS virus, United Nations officials today called for global efforts to establish policies, including public awareness campaigns, to address the spread of the deadly disease through these risky practices.

In Sierra Leone, UN and partners adopt new measures to prevent sex abuse

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), along with key partners, has established a committee to look into recent allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation of children by aid workers in the region.

Sierra Leone: UN puts emphasis on troop conduct in wake of child abuse charges

In the wake of recent allegations that some aid workers and peacekeepers were involved in sexual exploitation of children in refugee camps, a senior military officer of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has been conducting an ongoing “sensitization” tour of UN troop positions.

West Africa: UN team returning to continue investigation into abuse allegations

A United Nations team is returning to West Africa this week to continue investigating charges that refugee children were sexually exploited by aid workers and peacekeepers, the UN's watchdog body said today.

UN official visits Guinea, Sierra Leone to probe claims of refugee camp child abuse

A senior United Nations refugee official looking into allegations of sexual exploitation by aid workers in West Africa wrapped up his visit to Guinea today, reporting wide support for ongoing relief efforts by humanitarian agencies in the country's refugee camps.

Senior UNHCR official to visit West Africa in wake of child abuse allegations

A senior official from UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, set out today on a visit to West Africa to get a first-hand view of efforts to strengthen the protection of children in the region’s refugee camps following allegations that surfaced last week that aid workers exchanged humanitarian assistance for sexual favours.

Head of UN refugee agency denounces child abuse in camps

Distressed by reports of child abuse occurring in West African refugee camps, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, announced that remedial measures are being put in place to address the problem. UNHCR is participating in the UN investigation into the allegations.

Possible exploitation of refugee children denounced by UN envoy

The United Nations special envoy for children and armed conflict, Olara Otunnu, today added his voice to those who have denounced alleged sexual abuse of children in refugee camps in West Africa.

Sierra Leone: UN mission disturbed by report of child abuse in refugee camps

Expressing grave concern about a recent report of widespread abuse of children in West African refugee camps, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today said that protection of children’s rights was a top priority for UN peacekeepers.

Annan, UNICEF shocked at reports of child abuse in West Africa refugee camps

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the head of UNICEF, the UN’s children agency, voiced their outrage today at reports of possible widespread sexual abuse of children in West African refugee camps.