Rebels in eastern Congo have killed fourteen United Nation peacekeepers and injured at least 53 others, with figures expected to rise. The attack took place on a UN military base, and reportedly went on for hours throughout the night.
All of the peacekeepers originated from Tanzania.
Among the dead were at least five Congolese troops, soldiers who were stationed alongside the peacekeepers at a base just twenty seven miles from the town of Beni, the site of near-constant attacks from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.
The ADF is currently being treated as the likely culprits behind the most deadly attack against UN peacekeepers in recent times.
The United Nation’s mission in Congo has been their most expensive, and one of their most arduous; this is partially due to the size of the country, an area roughly the size of Western Europe, but also because of the region’s incredible amounts of poverty and territorial violence. In regards to poverty, over 80% of Congo’s population lives on less than $1.25 a day, and according to the IMF, CIA, and World Bank, Congo is easily one of the world’s poorest nations. Violence in Congo is also a huge problem, with a reported homicide rate of 13.36 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the UNODC.
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