Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Canada and the Raped Boys of Afghanistan
I've been waiting to see what our military had to say about the Afghan troops who raped boys at one of our forward bases in Afghanistan.
And this isn't good enough.
"It was determined that the initial allegations concerning such incidents contained serious discrepancies, could not be corroborated, were not reported to the chain of command and ultimately were not substantiated," said a statement released Tuesday by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.
Military police in Afghanistan did not receive sexual abuse complaints of Afghan male children, Tuesday's statement said, adding that the NIS has no jurisdiction over the Afghan National Army or locally contracted interpreters in Afghanistan.
I know we're fighting a war...and brutish customs.
But how can they suggest that it didn't happen when Canadian soldiers witnessed it?
How can we seriously expect raped kids to complain when rape victims and gay people are jailed?
How can we claim no jurisdiction over the Afghan National Army when we are TRAINING them...and it happened on OUR base.
We need an inquiry because this reeks of a cover-up. (PDF)
And if we don't do something about it, we'll lose more than just a war.
It's bad enough what women and girls have to endure in Afghanistan. But if we look the other way.
Who will protect the boys?