Juba, 26th April 2018. The UN Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS says it has deployed a sexual exploitation and abuse immediate response team to Aweil to gather information and preserve evidence for investigation.
UNMISS stated on Tuesday that it has learned this month that four teenagers were caught trying to enter its base in Aweil through the fence.
The statement says it was alleged that a member of the Nepalese contingent touched one of the teenage girls inappropriately in exchange for money, but there was no allegation made of rape.
“UNMISS has a zero tolerance, no excuses and no second chances approach to sexual exploitation and abuse”, it reads.
The statement says the Mission “is committed to put the victims’ rights and dignity first and ensuring that there is transparency and accountability for such actions”.
In February this year, 46 UN Police officers from the Ghanaian contingent were sent to Juba after an alleged report of involving in sexual activities with women in the camp in Wau.
UN notified Nepal’s government of the allegation and is in the process of appointing a national team to investigate the procedures relating to military contingents.