As a Rwandan I’ve known that the United Nations, as an organisation that is meant to save lives, is useless as a peacekeeping force. I mean, all we have to do is see what happened here in 1994, where UNAMIR forces were withdrawn when the going got tough and people started dying.
Frankly I’m surprised that people are shocked at the UN’s inability to actually do much. The latest news from Eastern Congo is that militias are going around raping women while the MONUC soldiers do nothing.
Well, what do you expect? At the end of the day, these troops don’t care whether we live or die, peacekeeping in Africa is merely a ‘mission’ that pays their salaries.
My opinion is this; until we can have a truly African peacekeeping force that identifies with us, we’ll always suffer from the “I don’t care” attitude that I believe these UN peacekeepers have.