From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – REVELATIONS United Nations peacekeepers stood by in
South Sudan’s capital Juba while women were raped metres away is the latest scandal and ineptitude to rock the mission.
This week, the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon responded to these findings by firing the commander of the forces.
Ban’s decision follows the release of an inquiry denouncing UN’s response to violent clashes in which scores of civilians were killed.
More than 200 women – including expatriate aid workers – were gang raped.
Two peacekeepers were killed by shells fired near the base.
UN forces did little to respond and help civilians in danger despite a mandate allowing use of lethal force.
Rights groups noted the July incident was not unique.
In 2013, 20 civilians and two peacekeepers died in an attack by armed Lou Nuer youth on a UN base sheltering Dinka civilians in Akobo.
In 2014, peacekeepers were accused of standing by during a government attack on a UN base sheltering 5 000 internally displaced people in the eastern town of Bor. More than 50 civilians were killed.
While UN authorized an inquiry, results were never publicised. In February 2016, government forces killed more than 30 civilians in an attack on a UN base in Malakal where people were sheltering.
Peacekeepers reacted slowly, allowing large segments of the camp to be burned to ash.
UN investigations into the failings in Malakal, published in June, indicated lack of training and failure of unified command.
– CAJ NEWS