July 1, 2022

Hundreds of children fathered by U.N. Peacekeepers in Haiti, report finds

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By Bob Duval From Sentinel Ht

According to a new study, United Nations peacekeepers fathered hundreds of children with women and girls in Haiti before abandoning the mothers and leaving the Caribbean country.

Researchers from Birmingham University and Queen’s University, Ontario, interviewed more than 2,500 Haitians for the study, of which 265 subjects – or about 10 percent – told stories of children fathered by UN personnel, particularly soldiers of the United Nations Stablization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTUH).

The mission began in 2004 and was originally meant to assist Haiti with its political instability and organized crime, but was extended in 2010 following a major earthquake and again after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The new report said “girls as young as 11 were sexually abused and impregnated by peacekeepers and … ‘left in misery’ to raise their children alone.”

“They had sex with the girls not even for money, it’s just for food, for one meal,” a man from Port Salut told the researchers.

The Haitian-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) filed paternity suits in Haitian courts in January 2018 to secure child support payments on behalf of 10 children whose fathers are claimed to be UN peacekeepers. The BAI has slammed the UN as “non-responsive” and uncooperative.

For more on this story go to; https://sentinel.ht/post/politics/international/11574-hundreds-of-children-fathered-by-u-n-peacekeepers-in-haiti-report-finds

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