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Children say they've been raped by UN peacekeepers. Why is there no criminal accountability?

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with investigative reporter Ramita Navai about “UN Sex Abuse Scandal,” a new Frontline documentary airing tonight on PBS. In conflict zones around the world, United Nations peacekeepers sent to protect the most vulnerable have been accused of preying on them since the early 1990s.

Navai documents accusations of sex abuse from Bosnia to the Congo to the Central African Republic. She and her team tracked down survivors across the globe. Some were as young as 11 when they say they were raped or exploited by UN peacekeepers. Why is the UN protecting these peacekeepers rather than prosecuting them? What will it take to protect the most vulnerable people from rape and exploitation?


Ramita Navai, award-winning British-Iranian journalist, creator of more than twenty documentaries, author of City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Web Resources:

PBS: FRONTLINE: UN Sex Abuse Scandal

PBS: FRONTLINE Uncovers New Cases of Sex Abuse by United Nations Peacekeepers

AP: UN adopts 1st resolution tackling sexual abuse by UN troops


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.