Week of 5.15.09
Can the U.N. Keep the Peace?Are U.N. peacekeepers failing in their mission to protect the world?
It appears that your computer does not have the Flash Player required to view NOW videos. Visit Adobe to download and install the latest version of the Flash Player.A record 115,000 U.N. peacekeepers are now deployed in 20 countries, and their mission is more vital than ever. But critics and insiders alike are openly worried that the current peacekeeping model is overstretched—and at risk of failure.
This week, NOW travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to witness today's largest and most expensive peacekeeping operation. There, 17,000 U.N. troops are tasked with protecting millions of people over a rugged and dangerous territory the size of the Eastern United States. But the effort is struggling—last November, local rebels massacred civilians less than a mile from one of the U.N. bases.
How can U.N. peacekeeping be improved so that it fulfills its promise of protection to the world?
This show is a co-production with the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR), a non-profit video news production company.
BBC: Rwandan soldiers enter DR Congo
The Economist: Congo Background Briefing
New York Times: A Congolese Rebel Leader Who Once Seemed Untouchable Is Caught
Enough Project: Eastern Congo - Roots of the Crisis, from colonial times to the present day.
Refugees International: Congo, provides an overview of the current humanitarian situation.
South Kivu Women's Media Association, a non-profit organization which aims to counter sexually-based violence in the Congo by promoting women's rights through media.
U.N. Mission in Congo
The Failure of Humanity, by Phil Lancaster and Roméo Dallaire.
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Reporter's Notebook: Challenges in the Congo
Slideshow: On Patrol with the U.N.
Essay: Violence in Congo
Video: Lancaster: U.N. Peacekeeping "Inadequate"
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