As if Haiti hasn’t already been through enough.
Now their own peacekeeping troops are (allegedly) causing problems.
Protests erupted on the disaster-prone side of this Carribean island, as Haitians claimed that the United Nations force there to keep the peace had brought more grief than relief.
A top complaint: Haitians said that U.N. forces had raped an 18-year-old Haitian man. The incident was filmed on a mobile phone and apparently shows the young man being held down by several U.N. soldiers from Uruguay. Uruguay has apologized. The Washington Post found a doctor who examined the boy and found evidence of sexual assault.
The U.N. and Haiti said they were investigating the incident.
The BBC said about 300 people marched on the presidential palace, chanting “Rapist!” and “Minustah (the UN force) must go!”
In addition to the alleged assault, U.N. troops also are believed to be behind a cholera epidemic, which is believed to have originated in sewage from a UN camp. The Haitian health ministry estimates that more than 6,200 people have been killed by the disease.
In a video of the day, protesters threw stones at police, who fired teargas near camps of displaced people.