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Travel: Liberia: SOS Children's Villages recognizes "a case of sexual assault"

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The director of the NGO in Liberia is accused of violating a 16-year-old

Des policiers au Liberia (illustration). © Rebecca Blackwell / AP / SIPA police officers at Liberia (Illustration). Africa - The Director of the NGO in Liberia is accused of having violated a 16-year-old teenager

The international NGO SOS Children's Villages recognized Friday, "a case of sexual assault" involving its "management team" In Liberia after the questioning of its director for this country in the alleged rape of a teenager welcomed by the association.

"SOS Children's Villages confirms that a case of sexual assault took place in his program in Liberia involving his management team," writes the organization, who regrets "deeply not to have been able to protect the victim. "

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The NGO, which helps orphans and children in need, ensures the police immediately when it discovered the facts in November 2021 after the victim "found his biological family".

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According to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the police investigation concerns an alleged "rape" committed by the Director of the Association in that country on a 16-year-old teenager. The facts would have occurred while the victim was supported by the NGO in its hosting structure near Buchanan, in the center of the country. The alleged abuser, Augustine Alieu, is held by the police in Liberia, said the department on his Facebook account.

"The only thing I can say at this stage is that it is accused of rape or sexual violence against a teenager who is officially 16 years," said AFP the lawyer. Mr. Alieu, Lamii Kpargor. Without giving the assignment of the alleged abuser, SOS Children's Villages indicates that he "was suspended in March 2022 and that the Regional Office of (the NGO) took control of the operations" of the association in Liberia.

"We are determined that those responsible for this sexual assault make accounts, whatever their" hierarchical position, has it continued, stating that three other employees had been suspended for their presumed involvement. In 2021, SOS Children's Villages, including the International Headquarters in Vienna, had announced to investigate cases of violence, including sexual, and fraud committed from the 1990s in about twenty of its structures in Africa and Asia.

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