They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the UN peacekeepers moved in a few blocks away.The men who came from a far-away place and spoke a strange language offered the Haitian children cookies and other snacks. But the price was high: The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world — signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U. officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate. And in the years since, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse the world over. N.'s head of field support said Wednesday the international body was aware of shortcomings in the system. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga," he told AP, "I'd be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family." ___ The Habitation Leclerc resort was once well known throughout Port-au-Prince as a lush refuge amid the capital's grimy alleyways.
The Haitian children had made a home for themselves at Habitation Leclerc, a resort was once well-known in the 1980s throughout Port-au-Prince as a lush refuge amid the capital’s grimy alleyways.The government has consistently refused calls for independent investigations into its generation-long internal conflict, marked by widespread reports of rape camps, torture, mass killings and other alleged war crimes by its troops.Despite those unresolved allegations, the UN has deployed thousands of peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.By 2004, the years the peacekeepers arrived, the resort was a decrepit clutch of buildings and several children, either orphaned or abandoned by their parents, were living in its ruins.It was there that Victim No 1, or V01, met other children in the same straits: two young girls referred to in the UN report as “V02” and “V03,” and a young boy, “V08.” In August 2007, the UN received complaints of “suspicious interactions” between Sri Lankan soldiers and the Haitian children.