Afghan Child Rape: Defending Freedom to Abuse
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Certainly sickening, when as a Canadian soldier in a country you are sworn to protect witness hidden atrocities of allies you have trained who may one day save your life in a firefight think nothing of taking advantage of children for thier sick pleasures.
How Nato soldiers can stand by and witness this and not shoot them on sight, must be an unimaginable stress in a even hostile country where it seems anything goes, and children desperate to do anything to keep alive and a police force all too ready to take advantage of it.
Police rape of Afghan boys ignored
Don Martin, National Post Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
OTTAWA -Canadian soldiers in the main guard tower at forward operating base Wilson last summer winced when I asked about the sudden lineup of teenage boys along the mud walls of the neighbouring Afghan market.
"Wait a few minutes. You'll see," said one, his lip curling. "It's disgusting."
Sure enough, a handful of uniformed Afghan police officers emerged from their rundown detachment, walked through the barricades and started chatting up the dozen or so teens, some looking decidedly pre-teen.
A few minutes after they returned, the selected kids were waved through the main gates and went straight inside the police station. An hour later, when I left the observation post, the boys were still inside.
This evening ritual is often derided by soldiers as man-love Thursdays.
Afghan officials insist the notion of men and boys getting together the night before the Muslim holy day for sex is a myth. And, sure, it's theoretically possible the cops were merely good-deed-doers giving these teens reading lessons.