An internal investigation collected the testimonies of 63 women and 12 men; 29 women became pregnant and 6 rape victims claimed that they had miscarried.
Mexico City (apro).- According to an internal investigation, at least 21 employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) are suspected of sexually exploiting and sexually abused girls and women during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s response to the Ebola virus.
The investigation lasted a year and the commission identified numerous victims and 21 perpetrators.
The team received testimony from 63 women, 12 men and a range of ages between 13 and 43 with an average age around 20.
He stated that the victim was offered work in exchange to sex. Nine women also reported being raped.
Nineteen women were raped, and 29 of them became pregnant. Six victims also claimed they miscarried. Others said that their abusers made it difficult for them to get abortions.
Following the findings of the investigation, Tedros Tedros, WHO Director General, expressed his regret to the victims and said that the “ultimately liable” for this behavior.
Victims cannot provide names of other perpetrators and their identities are not yet known. WHO has appointed an external investigative agency in this instance.
WHO will inform the whole United Nations system and ban the perpetrators. It will also forward allegations of sexual assault to the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be investigated and to the country of origin of the accused perpetrator, if applicable.