Do we really know how peacekeepers behave abroad?


Monday November 26, 2007 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Do we really know how peacekeepers behave abroad?

Their blue helmets symbolize hope. They are sent to countries where entire populations have been destroyed by deadly conflict. Soldiers from every corner of the world serve as representatives of their countries and work on behalf of the United Nations. Their role is to protect civilians and keep belligerent parties at bay. At least, that is their official mandate.

Observers have been increasingly asking a pivotal question: what if peacekeepers are part of the problem, instead of the solution? A steady stream of accusations has been directed at peacekeepers in Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Haiti, ranging from paying for sex, sexual abuse and rape of underage girls, to the abandonment of thousands of newborn babies. Do we really know how peacekeepers behave abroad? And who has turned a blind eye to these abuses for all these years? Shouldn’t the peacekeeper’s impunity be questioned? A Canadian lawyer and a team of Quebec police officers are instrumental in both helping the victims and tracking down some of the men accused of these crimes.

Blue Helmets: Peace and Dishonour was directed by Montreal filmmaker Raymonde Provencher and produced by Macumba Films in association with CBC Newsworld and Radio Canada.

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