Nation-Building ala NATO: Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sudan partners only with criminals
Ugandan Girls Entering Juba Prostitution Racket ukFlorence Ogola – Growing concern that vulnerable youngsters being trafficked or lured by promises they can make good money across border in Sudan. Mother-of-four Acullu Rose has not seen her daughter since the 13-year-old left the family home in Atiak, northern Uganda, to travel to Sudan two months ago. Rose fears the teenager has been lured into a life of prostitution by a merchant from Sudan who was doing business in Atiak, a trading centre only 50 kilometres south of the border. “I have looked for my daughter and many people tell me that she is in Juba (the capital of South Sudan) working as a prostitute,” she said. “What can a young girl like mine be doing in such kind of business? I know that I am poor – this war has really affected us – but I have tried my level best to provide for all my children.” uganda_street Activists say more than half of all Ugandan prostitutes in Juba come northern Uganda, and that many of them are young girls. (Photo: Stein Ove Korneliussen) Child prostitution is already commonplace in Atiak, where girls as young as 11 can be seen selling their bodies on the street to survive. Typical of many border locations in Africa, travellers moving between the two countries fuel the sex industry. Now officials and activists are concerned that vulnerable youngsters, some of whom are already prostitutes, are being trafficked to Juba or, seeing their friends return with fancy mobile phones and smart clothes, enticed away by promises that they can make good money in the South Sudan capital. At the child protection unit in the Atiak sub-county local government, 15 parents have reported that their daughters have gone to Sudan and are calling on the authorities to intervene. The girls are aged between 11 and 17; only one has since returned home. Okongo Gabriel, who is in charge of the unit, believes that there could be many more children who have left home for Sudan, but parents are afraid to come forwards because of what the community might say about them and their family. Onekgiu Roman, an official in the community liaison department of the central police station in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu, blames officers at the border post for not spotting children crossing over to Sudan. “We have links with the police in Atiak and, yes, there are cases where girls from here have gone that far for prostitution,” he said. “Most of them are told that through this ‘business’, they are able to earn three times as much as they could in Gulu.” The immigration officer in charge of the Nimule border station, between Uganda and Sudan, declined to comment on concerns over children crossing the frontier. Ojok Felix, a social worker with the NGO War Child Holland, says that his organisation has been meeting parents and sub-county authorities in order to find a way forward, and have located some of the girls whose families have reported missing to the police. “According to our investigations, five girls have been spotted on the streets of Juba, one has since returned,” he said. “We are working with friends and relatives in order to bring the girls back.” Cathy Groenendijk, the director and founder of a small Juba-based NGO, Confident Children Out of Conflict – one of the few organisations catering for young girls at risk of sexual exploitation in South Sudan – says more than half of all Ugandan prostitutes in Juba come from Gulu and Lira, also in norhern Uganda, and that many of them are young girls.
Helicopter Rumour Refuses to Die
Ahmad Kawoosh – Persistent accounts of western forces in Afghanistan using their helicopters to ferry Taleban fighters, strongly denied by the military, is feeding mistrust of the forces that are supposed to be bringing order to the country.
One such tale came from a soldier from the 209th Shahin Corps of the Afghan National Army, fighting against the growing insurgency in Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan. Over several months, he had taken part in several pitched battles against the armed opposition.
“Just when the police and army managed to surround the Taleban in a village of Qala-e-Zaal district, we saw helicopters land with support teams,” he said. “They managed to rescue their friends from our encirclement, and even to inflict defeat on the Afghan National Army.”
This story, in one form or another, is being repeated throughout northern Afghanistan. Dozens of people claim to have seen Taleban fighters disembark from foreign helicopters in several provinces. The local talk is of the insurgency being consciously moved north, with international troops ferrying fighters in from the volatile south, to create mayhem in a new location.
Helicopters are almost exclusively the domain of foreign forces in Afghanistan – the international military controls the air space, and has a virtual monopoly on aircraft. So when Afghans see choppers, they think foreign military.
“Our fight against the Taleban is nonsense,” said the soldier from Shahin Corps. “Our foreigner ‘friends’ are friendlier to the opposition.”
For months or even years, rumours have been circulating in Afghanistan that the Taleban are being financed or even directly supported militarily by the foreign forces.
In part it stems from an inability to believe that major foreign armies cannot defeat a ragtag bunch of insurgents; in addition, Afghanistan has been a centre of foreign intrigue for so long that belief in plots comes naturally to many war-weary Afghans.
The international troops hotly deny that they are supporting the insurgents.
“This entire business with the helicopters is just a rumour,” said Brigadier General Juergen Setzer, recently appointed commander for the International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, in the north. “It has no basis in reality, according to our investigations.”
The general added that ISAF-North had overall control of the air space in the northern region.
But the persistent rumours that foreign helicopters have been sighted assisting the Taleban in northern Afghanistan were given an unexpected boost in mid-October by Afghan president Hamed Karzai, who told the media that his administration was investigating similar reports that “unknown” helicopters were ferrying the insurgents from Helmand province in the south to Baghlan, Kunduz, and Samangan provinces in the north.
Captain Tim Dark, of Britain’s Task Force Helmand, was vehement in his reaction.
“The thought that British soldiers could be aiding and abetting the enemy is just rubbish,” he said. “We have had 85 casualties so far this year.”
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Alistair Burnett Alistair Burnett | 15:37 UK time, Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Kosovo has been back on the front pages in recent weeks with lurid allegations against its prime minister and dominant politician, Hashim Thaci, accusing him of involvement in organised crime and even harvesting human organs for sale for profit. Mr Thaci has denied the allegations.
Original TV Report von Dick Marty, mit Englischer Dolmetscherin vor dem Europarat, wo dann weitere Ermittlungen in dieser Sache beschlossen werden und vor allem der Personen udn Zeugen Schutz, der Schlüssel ist.
Dick Martys Bericht an den Europarat
Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo*