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The changing face of peacekeeping: What’s gone wrong with the UN?

The changing face of peacekeeping: What’s gone wrong with the UN?

This story was originally published by The New Humanitarian. By Obi Anyadike AT the end of this year, the last UN peacekeepers are scheduled to leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo after two difficult decades, a withdrawal that reflects broader changes underway to the international security system. The peacekeeping mission – known by its French acronym, MONUSCO – has been the biggest and most expensive deployment in UN history. Yet eastern DRC remains a humanitarian disaster zone, and the government of President Félix Tshisekedi has insisted on the accelerated departure of the unpopular blue helmets. The mission’s 16,000 uniformed…
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UN retreat from Mali in disarray as violence surges

UN retreat from Mali in disarray as violence surges

BEFORE United Nations peacekeepers hurriedly abandoned their base in Kidal in northern Mali, they made a costly call: with insurgents stationed nearby, they destroyed sensitive equipment to avoid it falling into the wrong hands, the U.N. said. Shortly after the last U.N. convoy rolled out, the ethnic Tuareg rebels announced they had taken over the base. Photos posted on social media on Wednesday appeared to show locals loading trucks with looted goods, including tyres, cables and chairs. Mali's ruling military junta in June ordered the decade-old UN mission, known as MINUSMA, to leave as its relations soured with former international allies. MINUSMA has…
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Eight UN peacekeepers detained in Congo over sexual abuse claims

Eight UN peacekeepers detained in Congo over sexual abuse claims

EIGHT U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been detained over allegations of sexual abuse, sources told Reuters, as the U.N. said it would investigate unspecified serious misconduct. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo, known as MONUSCO, said in a statement that it had suspended a number of its peacekeepers in response to reports of the misconduct without giving further details. A U.N. source and a Congolese security source said the allegations concerned eight South African peacekeepers in the eastern city of Beni. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss it…
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Congo president asks UN peacekeepers to start packing up this year

Congo president asks UN peacekeepers to start packing up this year

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has asked his government to fast-track the withdrawal of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to ensure it begins at the end of the year, he said at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday. The mission, called MONUSCO, took over from an earlier U.N. operation in 2010 to help quell insecurity in the eastern part of the Central African country, where armed groups fight over territory and resources. But its presence has become increasingly unpopular in recent years for what critics say is a failure to protect civilians against militia groups, sparking deadly protests.…
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Four U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mmali

Four U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mmali

FOUR United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under fire, the U.N. said. It was not clear who carried out the attack about 20 km (12 miles) north of the town of Bambara-Maoudé in the Timbuktu region. Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State operate in the region and have made much of the West African country ungovernable. The U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement on Wednesday that three peacekeepers had been killed and six wounded in the attack. A…
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Darfur displaced fearful as UN peacekeepers hand over to local forces

Darfur displaced fearful as UN peacekeepers hand over to local forces

NAFISA ELTAHIR and KHALID ABDELAZIZ AHLAM Hamid fled from her home in Sudan's Darfur region 17 years ago when government troops and militiamen, some on horseback, raided her village and clashed with rebels. Now she worries she will be at the mercy of those forces once more, as an international peacekeeping mission deployed to contain the conflict abruptly pulls out. UNAMID, a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force established in 2007 to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian assistance in Darfur, stopped patrolling on Jan. 1, days after a vote by the U.N. Security Council to end its mandate. After signing…
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SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: UN peacekeepers sent home

SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: UN peacekeepers sent home

THE United Nations has sent home all 450 Gabonese troops from its peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic and opened an investigation after allegations of the sexual abuse of five girls, it has announced. The mission, known as MINUSCA, said the allegations related to unidentified Gabonese peacekeepers operating in the centre of the country. Gabon's defence ministry said it has also opened an inquiry. "If the allegations are proven to be true, the instigators will be put in front of a tribunal and judged with extreme rigor," the ministry said. Central African Republic, rich in diamonds, timber and gold, has…
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At least one killed in anti-UN protest in DRC

At least one killed in anti-UN protest in DRC

AT least one person was killed by security forces yesterday during protests against United Nations peacekeepers in Oicha, a town in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the town's mayor said. Residents in towns in Congo's eastern region have staged several protests since last week over killings by militias and armed groups, and anger over what they say is the U.N. mission's inability to prevent the wave of civilian killings. Youths in Oicha, a town around 390 km (242 miles) north of the eastern provincial capital of Goma, barricaded the main highway early on Thursday as part…
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