United Nations – The latest UN peacekeepers accused of sexually
abusing minors in the Central African Republic are from a Burundian contingent,
a spokesperson said on Thursday.
The alleged abuse, which dates back to May and took place in the central
region of Kemo, reportedly involved a 12-year-old and another minor under 18.
The United Nations announced on Friday that it was opening an
investigation into the matter.
"The troops-contributing country in question is
Burundi," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday, refusing to
rule out that the contingent would be sent home.
"We have to let the investigation go through on this
particular case," he said. "All options remain on the table,
The UN has already withdrawn entire contingents of peacekeepers in
similar cases. However, it falls to the countries of origin to investigate and
Some 12 000 people serve in the UN's Central Africa peacekeeping
mission, known as MINUSCA.
The latest annual report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
counted 69 cases of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in 2015, half of which
occurred in two missions: MINUSCA and MONUSCO in the DR Congo.