n Conflict Trends - The symbiotic relationship of MONUC and South Africa

Volume 2009, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


At the beginning of August 2009, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was still eagerly awaiting the arrival of 3 000 additional United Nations Organisation Mission in the DRC (MONUC) peacekeepers under United Nations (UN) Resolution 1843. The UN estimated, in late 2008, that the current deployment in eastern DRC amounted to an average of 10 "blue helmets" for every 10 000 residents and was in urgent need of reinforcement. This long-anticipated deployment into the conflict zone will augment MONUC, the largest peacekeeping mission in the history of the UN, to 20 000 peacekeepers. In 2008, the estimated civilian death toll was in excess of 5.5 million people, in a war that has ravaged the DRC since 1998. The reasons for such a phenomenal peacekeeping contingent are cogent, yet the motivations for contributing to this force.

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