New sexual exploitation allegations made against UN troops in CAR

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Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis.

New allegations of misconduct, sexual exploitation and abuse, have been made against United Nations troops in the Central African Republic or CAR.

They follow earlier claims of possible misconduct by UN staff in the country.

The UN mission there, MINUSCA, said the allegations were brought to its attention on Wednesday.

Matthew Wells reports.

The head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, condemned the alleged acts as completely unacceptable in a UN peacekeeping mission.

He said he was committed to ensuring that justice is served and repeated his intention to take swift and appropriate measures should the allegations be substantiated.

On Thursday, a mission investigation team is due to be sent to the location, reportedly the town of Bambari, north of the capital Bangui, to gather more information.

MINUSCA said immediate preventive and disciplinary measures would be taken.

Mr Onanga-Anyanga reiterated the UN's zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct.

Matthew Wells, United Nations

Duration: 39"

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