UN Suspends Peacekeepers Over Alleged Sexual Abuse in Congo

The United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Mission has suspended some of its peacekeepers in response to reports of alleged sexual abuse and misconduct in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BBC reported that the accusations were against eight South African peacekeepers, adding that the UN had a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse.

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which has over 14,000 troops in eastern DR Congo, had faced previous accusations of sexual abuse as well as accusations of failing to protect civilians from armed groups.