21 June, 2021

The Peacekeeper’s Child

Sexual misconduct by Indian soldiers and officers on UN duty in Congo raises disturbing questions

AFP (From Outlook, August 01, 2011)
The Peacekeeper’s Child

On the bank of Lake Kivu, in the southern quarters of Goma—the capital of the forested North Kivu province—is theNyiragongo camp of Indian FPU-2, home to some of the 3,871 soldiers from India who are deployed as United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They are famously known as the formidable soldiers of Monusco, a French acronym for the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC, which was called Monuc till June 30, 2010. The Nyiragongo camp, like other Monusco bases in Goma, is a tantalising symbol of hope to a battered nation anxious to restore normalcy to North Kivu, a veritable cockpit of bloody armed struggles involving neighbouring countries and indigenous rebel groups arrayed against the Congolese army.

Nicole A sex worker, she says she was called for an assignation with one soldier. Once...

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