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Chad Soldiers in Mali Accused of Rape, Ban & Prodi Glad-Hand Deby

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 25 -- When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the head of UN Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous met with Chad's president Idriss Deby on Wednesday night, there was an elephant in the room: rape in Mali.

  Earlier in the week, Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky had announced that an incident of sexual abuse had been alleged. Later when questioned by Inner City Press he said it is normal that the Troop Contributing Country be charged with investigating itself.

  Now it's reported that it was four Chadian "peacekeepers" charged with rape. So how did the UN interact with Deby on Wednesday night?

  On Deby's side of the table, smiling and shaking hands, was Ban's Sahel envoy Romano Prodi. As Inner City Press previously reported, Prodi has change the UN a pretty penny even for travel between Bologna and Rome. But in his own race for relevance, Prodi was glad-handing Deby.

  Prodi remained for the next photo op as well, with Blaise Campaore of Burkina Faso. Said Djinnit joined as well; Sexual Violence and Conflict envoy Bangura was also on the scene.

But what about the alleged Chadian "peacekeeper" rapist? What about the leap of faith, if one calls it that, Ladsous took in accepting Chad into the Mali mission MINUSMA even while it was on the UN's own child soldier recruitment list?

Through this negligence, what role do Ladsous and the UN bear in the alleged rape? These are questions. Watch this site.


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