David Greene, Rachel Martin, Congo discussed on Morning Edition


This is morning edition from npr news good morning i'm david greene than i am rachel martin we are learning about a deadly attack against un peacekeepers in the democratic republic of congo this happened yesterday and according to the un fourteen peacekeepers have been killed and at least fifty other people injured this attack happened yesterday in a remote area in the east of that country were hostilities have been ongoing for years joining us now appear diplomatic correspondent michelle kelemen michelle what can you tell us what do we know at this point what we're hearing about a three hour fight that started at dusk on thursday a rebel group attacked this forward operating base at seventy kilometers outside of beni which is a town in eastern congo that's an area that's the mineral rich but also had has seen a lot of conflict fourteen people were killed over forty injured i'm hearing that reinforcements and medevac teams are on the ground now as is the force commander and un diplomat an official i talked to a short time ago said this is the deadliest attack on un peacekeepers that anyone can remember at least in recent decades so can you just remind us of what is the fighting about in the congo what are the factions and why has the un been there for so long lead the group that were told it was responsible for this attack as a ugandanbased rebel group known as the adf m in congo has been a know in the nineties it was dubbed africa's world war there were rebel groups from all sorts of countries that were involved in this conflict the un has been involved for many years the mission has changed over the years there were some success stories more recently because they were getting more robust input pushing rebel groups back but it always has been a very dangerous place i talked earlier this week to the head of un peacekeeping joan pierre left kwahi came into npr studios and here's what.

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