The scandal over sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic is growing. On Thursday, the United Nations announced 108 new allegations of sexual abuse. The majority of the victims are minors. The former director of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic resigned last year amid similar allegations. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations secretary-general, spoke Thursday.
Stéphane Dujarric: “Good morning. Let me start with the situation in Central African Republic. And let me say at the outset that the secretary-general is shocked to the core at the latest allegations of abuse in the Central African Republic. His focus is on the victims and their families. We’re talking about women, young children, who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way.”