Sex and corruption scandals taint African aid work

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from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 27 Feb 2002
MONROVIA, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A study in West Africa has revealed the widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children by aid workers and peacekeepers in exchange for supplies sent to save lives.

The scandal, details of which emerged on Tuesday, is the latest in a series involving sex and corruption to taint aid and peacekeeping operations on the world's poorest continent.

Below are some scandals in recent years:

1994

February - United Nations says investigation reveals that some peacekeeping troops in Mozambique paid for sex with children.

1997

February - Angola accuses United Nations personnel and foreign aid workers of sexually exploiting children. U.N. sets up investigation committee.

1999

July - Swiss charity Terre des Hommes announces that two employees, a Briton and a Canadian, sexually abused boys orphaned by famine in Ethiopia.

2001

September - Investigation launched into allegations that U.N. peacekeepers in Eritrea and Ethiopia had sex with under-age girls.

2002

January - U.N. investigators report that workers for the UNHCR refugee agency in Nairobi helped collect millions of dollars in the 1990s from refugees desperate to flee the continent.

February - Study shows widespread sexual exploitation of refugee children in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Allegations are brought against at least 70 individuals from 40 agencies. U.N. officials say a high-powered UNHCR team will be sent to investigate.

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