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5M Dead In Congo Despite UN Peacekeepers

From an oblivious CNN:

United Nations peacekeepers stand in a destroyed house in Sake, 30 kms west of Goma in 2007.

Report: Congo conflict claims 5 million lives

(CNN) — Hopes are high that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and armed groups can end a decade of fighting that a new report says has claimed the lives of more than 5 million people.

The two sides have been attending a conference for more than two weeks in the eastern city of Goma and late Tuesday, they appeared close to signing an agreement. Their discussions are focusing on peace for the country’s eastern Kivu provinces.

Humanitarian group, the International Rescue Committee, released a report Wednesday saying that conflict and humanitarian crisis in Congo have taken the lives of some 5.4 million people since 1998, and that 45,000 people continue to die there every month.

IRC President George Rupp said the loss of life was equivalent to the entire population of Denmark, or the state of Colorado, dying within a decade

The group said the national rate of mortality is nearly 60 percent higher than the average in the sub-Saharan region.

The IRC’s regional director said a peace deal — even if it covers only the east of the country — would have a wider impact.

“The significance is huge in the sense that the troubles in North Kivu have really been a major source of instability not only for the people in North Kivu itself, but for people in the surrounding region as well,” said Alyoscia D’Onofrio, who spoke to CNN from Bukavu, in South Kivu province.

D’Onofrio said a peace deal would signal that the Congolese government can take control of security even in restive areas like the east. That in turn would improve regional security, since conflict in the east has tended to draw in neighboring states, he said…

Isn’t it odd how the United Nations is not mentioned once in this article, even though they are the organization presumably overseeing the “peace” in the Congo.

From Wikipedia:

United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Mission of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), abbreviated MONUC (a French acronym for Mission de l’ Organisation des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo) is a United Nations peacekeeping force established on February 24, 2000, by Resolution 1291 of the United Nations Security Council to monitor the peace process of the Second Congo War, though much of its focus subsequently turned to the conflict in the Ituri. The initial UN presence in the Congo, before the passing of Resolution 1291, was a force of military observers to observe and report on the compliance on factions with the peace accords, a deployment authorised by the earlier Resolution 1258 (1999).

The headquarters of the mission are in Kinshasa, DRC. The mission views the DRC as consisting of 6 sectors, each with its own staff headquarters. In 2005-6 the Eastern Division however was formed at Kisangani and took over brigades in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri, along with two or three of the Sector HQs. The approved budget for MONUC, from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, is US$1,166.72 million, the largest for any current UN peacekeeping operation…

Total strength, on 30 August 2007 was 18,275 uniformed personnel, including 16,640 troops, 644 military observers, 991 police, who were supported by 943 international civilian personnel, 2,048 local civilian staff and 553 United Nations Volunteers.

The UN has recorded a total of 112 fatalities among MONUC personnel, up to the end of 2006, as follows: 74 military personnel, 9 military observers, 2 UN police, 10 international civilian, and 17 local civilian.

So exactly what good has the UN presence done in their seven years in the Congo? (And their record for rapes of the locals doesn’t count.)

And, lest we forget, these are the self-same expert “peacekeepers” who we are told by the Democrats and the media should be in charge of Iraq and everywhere else for that matter.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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