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Re: Fw: New allegations of incidents of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse reportedly committed against minors by members of the DRC battalion in Ngakabo (Ouaka Prefecture) !)

Anthony Banbury

Atul Khare, Cristal Tojeiro, David Haeri, Elizabeth Rolando, Herve Cc: Lecoq, lsmini Palla, Muhammad Asim, Sylvain Roy, Maqsood

to: Mercedes Gervilla

11/02/2016 03:26PM

Ahmed, El Ghassim Wane, Milan Trojanovic, Diane CORNER, Nick

This is simply unbearable. We have a pack of predatory criminals and rapists, preying on young girls, under the banner of the United Nations. How can we stand by? In my view that battalion should be ordered to cease operations today, same with the RoC battalion, and be confined to camp and guarded full time so they cannot continue to abuse children. While we would pay a short-term price in terms of operations, we would gain so much in terms of the integrity and reputation of the UN, in the CAR and internationally, and we would almost certainly prevent more rapes of minor girls. We simply cannot sustain the argument that the benefit these troops are bringing to the UN and PoC is greater than the harm they are doing.

Mercedes Gervilla

Dear Mercedes, Attached additional information

11/02/2016 07:24:08 AM

From:

Mercedes Gervilla/NY/UNO

To:

Atul Khare/NY/UNO@unhq, Anthony Banbury/NY/UNO@unhq

Cc:

Herve Lecoq/NY/UNO@unhq, Elizabeth Rolando/NY/UNO@unhq, Cristal Tojeiro/NY/UNO@unhq,

Date:

David Haeri!NY/UNO@unhq, lsmini Palla/NY/UNO@unhq, Sylvain Roy/NY/UNO@unhq, Muhammad Asim/NY/UNO@unhq 11/02/2016 07:24AM

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Fw: New allegations of incidents of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse reportedly committed against minors by members of the DRC battalion in Ngakabo (Ouaka Prefecture)

Dear Mr. Khare and Dear Tony,

I have just received from Carmen the attached document summarizing the cases and

allegations.

The facts are disturbing as is the fact that it would seem that many among the troops concerned, including Commanding officers were well aware of the abuse to which these children were being subjected.

A summary is also provided in the exchange below.

I also regret to inform you that in addition to these new 4 cases, there will likely be two more

relating to the information shared by Reuters earlier on. This would place the number of cases

for MINUSCA, barely one month into the year, at 22. This equals the number of allegations for the entire 2015 period.

While the cases are not recent, they nonetheless confirm the widespread nature of the violations of the DRC contingent. The likelihood that there are more cases is great. Also, as I have shared before, we are likely as vulnerable as regards the RoC contingent and we should not wait to hear of more cases before we follow through on decisions regarding this contingent as well. I note that DRC and RoC (only 2 out of the many countries deployed to MINUSCA) account for the majority of allegations.

I strongly believe that support to MINUSCA requires a project approach that includes a well

publicised call for resources, french speaking, to buttress its capacity in several areas and

functions. We will not be able to stop past offenses, but we need to strengthen ourselves to

prevent new ones from occurring. We will be discussing the priorities MINUSCA has shared with us during this morning Crisis Team VTC, but we will need to go beyond traditional approaches and reinforce not just the CDT but other functions in support and military and police to put in place robust prevention and deterrence efforts and implement as a matter of priority several of the actions identified in the matrix being finalised by the lOT in consultation with OMA, PD, CDU and others.

A CC is being d.rafted and will be with us today. It would be good to alert the CdC in advance.

I will continue to keep you informed.

Mer

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphon_~--­ From: carmen Perez-Salas Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:47 AM To: Mercedes Gervilla [UNHQ] Cc: Sylvain Roy [UNHQ]; Desiree Roberts; Diakaridja Bakayoko Subject: FW: New allegations of incidents of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse reportedly committed against minors by members of the DRC battalion in Ngakabo (Ouaka Prefecture)

Dear Mercedes, Attached additional information provided by Child Protection in relation to Ngaboko new cases. CDT is drafting CC with all the information. Regards Carmen

Carmen Perez-Salas Chief Conduct and Discipline Team MINUSCA-Bangui

From: Carmen Perez-Salas Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:15 AM

Dear Charles, Thanks for the detailed information. CDT forward the information to 0105 and will proceed drafting CC informing HQ of the new allegations,

as usual procedures. We will keep you informed of any further developments. Regards Carmen

Carmen Perez-Salas Chief Conduct and Discipline Team

MINUSCA-Bang~i

From:

Sent: Thursday, Februar'{ll, 201_6 10:56 AM_ To: Carmen Perez-Salas

Dear Carmen,

Herewith sharing with you a report I have just received from UNICEF indicating four minor girls aged between 16 and 17 years were victims of sexual exploitation and abuse allegedly committed by members of the DRC battalion in the locality Ngakobo in the Ouaka prefecture. The incidents reportedly occurred between 2014 and 2015. Two of the victims allegedly had babies consequent to the relationships they had with the soldiers. The report highlights UNICEF gathered information of the allegations during a field evaluation mission to Ngakobo on 11 February. The report is shared with you as received for further action.

Regards.

Charles Fomunyam Child Protection Advisor MINUSCA H/Q; Bangui- Central African Republic;