The world’s largest UN peacekeeping effort risks failing as more nations decide to withdraw their UN contingent that is stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Alan Doss, a top UN official in the Congo, said India is considering having its soldiers return home which would mean about one-fourth of UN forces would no longer be in the country. Six months ago, the UN asked other nations to send troops but there has not been a single offer of assistance. The reality is the present UN force is unable to do anything to halt the murder of people or the rape of women in the country. As the Congo’s economy collapses, partly due to war and partly due to a world wide drop in commodity prices, people are starving even as they try to survive against government and rebel forces that regard the riches of the Congo as rightfully their possession.
A major source of problems in the Congo is the behavior of its neighbors in Rwanda and Uganda from whence rebel forces migrate in search of the spoils available due to the ineffective government in the Congo. Of course, Congolese troops are also engaged in stealing, murder and rape. Cry the beloved people of the Congo, no one cares about your survival. Perhaps, if a large oil source were uncovered, American troops would head for the area and initiate a surge of force to defeat the rebels.