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  • FRONTLINE: UN Sex Abuse Scandal

    An investigation into sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world’s conflict zones. Award-winning correspondent Ramita Navai traces allegations from Congo to the Central African Republic, with firsthand accounts from survivors, witnesses and officials.
  • Haiti in a Time of Cholera

    Nearly 8,000 people have died horrible, painful deaths since a cholera epidemic swept through Haiti after a major earthquake in 2010. Over half a million others have been infected, and containment is nowhere in sight with dozens dying each week. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that United Nations peacekeepers brought the disease into the country.
  • Peace at what price?

    The authors investigated reports of abuse at the hands of the UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo. A well known secret within the UN the rape and abuse of the community have left consequences far more damming than the remnants of war.
  • "Peace at What Price?"

    ABC news documented the extent of abuse U.N. peacekeepers have been inflicting on women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although reports of child pornography, rape and paedophile rings have been rampant, U.N. officials have refused to allow either military or civilian employees to be tried, and even have refused to cooperate with further investigation of its personnel.
  • Bystanders to Genocide

    The Atlantic Monthly investigates "why the United states let the Rwandan tragedy happen." The story includes "exclusive interviews with scores of the participants in the decision-making." The author analyses "a cache of newly declassified documents" that reveal that "the U.S. government knew enough about the genocide early on to save lives..." The story reveals that "the U.S. did much more than fail to send troops...it lead a successful effort to remove most of the UN peacekeepers who were already in Rwanda." The article is a "chilling narrative of self-serving caution and flaccid will - and countless missed opportunities to mitigate a colossal crime."
  • Keeping the Peace?

    Dateline NBC reports "An investigation of atrocities committed around the world by United Nations peacekeepers against civilians they are supposed to protect. We obtained actual 'trophy photos' of torture sessions which were taken by UN soldiers themselves as souvenirs.... we also documented the systemic failures that led to these atrocities -- lax screening, training and punishment of peacekeepers by the UN."
  • Shame of Srebrenica

    CBS News reports about "the single worst war crime of the Bosnia war: the Serb massacre of approximately 8 thousand Muslims after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995. It was the Serbs who murdered the Muslims, but our troubling story focuses on the shame that has fallen on a group of Dutch soldiers sent to Srebrenica as peacekeepers. They were sent by the UN to stop the threat of an attack by the Serbs, ... but when Srebrenica fell.. the Dutch handed over the Muslim people of the town to Serb troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic..."