UN Staff in Uganda Accused of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

The UN has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and the exploitation of vulnerable women by members of its staff in Uganda's drought-stricken northeastern Karamoja region. This investigation by the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services follows allegations by a whistleblower, of UN staff demanding sex from local women in exchange for food, and of the hiring of sex workers. Meanwhile, another investigation is underway after 10 refugees and a local teenager died, following a dispute between locals and South Sudanese refugees over borehole water access. Uganda has the most refugees on the continent and a government official has said the country needs more funds to look after the 1.4 million refugees it hosts.

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