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Should we look to U.N. refugee camps for foresight into FEMA camps?

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Is this what we have to look forward to in the U.S.?  FEMA camps run like or even by the U.N.?

Is this what we have to look forward to in the U.S.? FEMA camps run like or even by the U.N.?”

UN condemned over ‘appalling’ Haiti earthquake camps

UN agencies in charge of refugee camps for victims of Haiti’s earthquake are inexperienced and dysfunctional, the US charity Refugees International says.

The groups say reports of gang rapes are common, and a lack of translators means UN police cannot do their job.

A UN spokeswoman told the BBC that the organisation was doing its best, but said the scale of the disaster made their job very difficult.

More than a million people were left homeless by the quake.

Cambodians beaten, raped and killed at illegal detention camp funded by UN

UN funding is being used to run a brutal internment camp for the destitute in Cambodia where detainees are held for months without trial, raped and beaten, sometimes to death, former inmates have told the Guardian.

The Prey Speu facility, 12 miles from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, is officially described as a “social affairs centre” offering education and healthcare to vulnerable people.

But human rights groups and former inmates say the centre is an illegal, clandestine prison, where people deemed “undesirable” by the government – usually drug users, sex workers and the homeless – are held for months without charge.

Men, women and children are housed together in a single building and are regularly beaten with planks, whipped with wires or threatened with weapons, according to witnesses.

It is alleged that guards have beaten three detainees to death and gang-rapes by the same body of men are reportedly common.

We have failed, admits UN, as fresh wave of Congo rapes emerges

The United Nations has been urged to go back to basics in protecting civilians in Eastern Congo after admitting that 500 rapes in the space of a single month amounted to a serious failure in its mission.

The mass rape of more than 240 women in villages close to a peacekeeping base in Eastern Congo a month ago has seriously shaken confidence in the UN’s largest operation of its kind. It has prompted debate at the Security Council, an internal inquiry and a new show of force titled “operation shopwindow”. Meanwhile, details are still emerging of another spate of mass rapes in a different part of the vast mineral-rich country, which takes the total number of people affected since the end of July to 500.

Human rights groups yesterday called on the UN peacekeeping mission, Monusco, to get out of their armoured cars and talk to the communities they are mandated to protect.

“People on the ground are telling us that they don’t see enough of the UN and when they do see them it’s in heavily armoured vehicles from which it’s impossible to communicate with anyone,” said Marcel Stoessel, country director for Oxfam.

UN peacekeepers sent a patrol into the area of Luvungi where the mass rapes were underway while they were happening but failed to speak to locals or discover what was going on.


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November 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm