The International Criminal Court has been urged to investigate the rape of young Afghan boys by members of the Afghan army and local interpreters working for Coalition forces. In a story published in The Toronto Star, former Canadian soldier, Tyrel Braaten, said during his tour of duty in Afghanistan he witnessed Afghan interpreters brining young boys inside buildings of Forward Operating Base Wilson where the children were sodomized by the interpreters and soldiers. Professor Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia stated bluntly: “We’re spending $18 billion on this mission in Afghanistan” and “the rape of children in a conflict zone is as least as serious as the torture of that young Somalian during the Canadian mission there.”
Afghan’s Ambassador to Canada admitted the Ministry of defense is ware of allegations leveled by Braaten and others, but will not act until there has been an investigation that proves charges are valid. The Canadian Forces National Investigative Service is also checking into the charges.
Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch says it is common knowledge young boys are treated this way in many areas in Afghanistan. “It’s the great dichotomy of Afghanistan, homosexuality is treated as a cardinal sin, but it’s still common for m en to hve sex with boys.” There is something wrong with aiding a nation which punishes homosexuality and degrades women, but believes it is OK to brutalize young boys.