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SEX ABUSE

SEX ABUSE

UNMISS staff should move with their wives

BY Morris Dogga

A member of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has suggested that foreign forces serving at the United Nations Mission in the South Sudan should come with their wives to stop them from engaging on sexual activities.

Paul Yoane Bonju, a Member of Parliament representing geographical constituency number four in Yei River State and who is also the chairperson of the house’s information committee made the statement while contributing on a motion over the recent sex scandal in Wau by a contingent of the UN forces.

“The UN forces should be made to come with their wives so that they would not engage in these activities,” he said.

He said there was need to thoroughly investigate the incident to hear from the local women who were alleged to have been raped in Wau.

Bonju said it was necessary for the members of parliament to go to the ground to find out whether they were forced to have sex or it was an agreement.

Ngong Deng Ngong, a Member of Parliament representing Northern Bahr El Ghazal said the PoC site across the country should all be closed.

Another MP Deng Bior Deng, an appointee of the national alliance suggested that the internal displaced persons be given some options, either to be relocated to their homes or to places of their choices.

Some members also suggested that a committee be formed to travel to Wau to investigate the matter clearly and gather enough information.

Last month the United Nations Mission in South Sudan recalled a contingent of the Ghanaian peace keeping force from Wau for allegedly engaging in sexual activities with the IDPs at the PoC site in Wau while it carried out investigations.

The alleged sex scandal caused a public condemnation with the government demanding a joint investigation into the matter.

UNMISS has some 17,000 peacekeeping personnel, including 13,000 soldiers and 1500 police, who carry out the Mission’s mandate to build durable peace and protect civilians in South Sudan.

 

 

 

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