Within the DRC, the United Nations has committed up to 19,000 peace keepers who aid countries who have been torn by conflict by implanting programs which help to create lasting conditions for peace. The UN troops are typically comprised of civilian, police and military personnel, provided by various member states of the UN. The war-torn state of the DRC has in recent years been the subject of a United Nations peace mission, especially in the wake of the President Kabila’s commitment to stay in office despite his actions being unconstitutional. Aljazeera has recently reported that “two united nations workers from the peacekeeping mission in the DRC have been kidnapped by unknown attackers in the central Kasai region”. Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan were among a panel of UN experts that were investigating conflicts that have simmered in DRC since the mid 1990’s.
Unrest in this region has been credited to the murder of a tribal chief and militia leader Kamwina Nsapu by government forces, due to his opposition to President Kabila. The violence has led to a total of 400 deaths. Presently the UN mission in the DRC is the largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission to date, and is expected to grow as the dispute over the presidential election continues.