EX UN OFFICIAL: ‘DRC ISN’T GETTING WORLD ATTENTION BECAUSE OF RACISM’


The world is not sending enough troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo because of discrimination, a former top UN official has told the BBC.

There is “inbuilt discrimination when it comes to Africa”, said Jan Egeland, pointing to the world’s response to crises in the Middle East and Europe. He is one of 16 world leaders to sign a letter calling on the European Union to send troops to DR Congo.

Some 250,000 people have fled recent fighting in eastern DR Congo. The UN this month said it would send an extra 3,000 troops to DR Congo, on top of the 17,000 already there – the world’s largest peacekeeping force.

But Mr Egeland said this was not enough for DR Congo, which is almost the size of western Europe. He referred to diplomatic peace efforts as a “seminar”.

“There was not this undecisiveness in the Balkans, Iraq or the wider Middle East,” the former UN aid chief told the BBC’s Network Africa programme. Some 5,000 people have fled the latest rebel advance into neighbouring Uganda, Amnesty International researcher Andrew Phillip told the BBC.

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