UN pulls out peacekeeping troops in Gabon over abuse allegations


The United Nations on Wednesday (Sept. 15) ordered the withdrawal of Gabon’s 450-strong peacekeeping contingent from the Central African Republic (CAR) over sexual abuse allegations.

Gabon’s defence ministry said it has opened an investigation following the UN decision to withdraw Gabon’s contingent to the peacekeeping effort in CAR.

The UN force has been in the CAR since 2014 to help protect civilians during a civil war that had followed a coup.

In 2016, more than 40 peacekeepers from Gabon and Burundi were also withdrawn from the same peacekeeping force due to allegations of sexual abuse. (Source: BBC)