Behind the scenes with UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic Congo

“We are going to protect the civilians, eliminate and neutralise the threats,” he said. “We are not going to wait for the threat to come here against the civilians.” Lieutenant-General Carlos Santos Cruz

Watch Al Jazeera’s documentary about the new modus operandi of the UN peacekeeping force, the Monusco in the DRC. It features Lieutenant-General Carlos Santos Cruz, the new operating commander of the international force.

In March last year, the UN Security Council sanctioned the creation of a new Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), made up of 3,000 well-equipped combat troops from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi and gave it a mandate to “neutralise and disarm” the various armed groups.

It was a crucial decision because it meant that for the first time in the organisation’s history, soldiers wearing the UN blue helmet were being allowed to go on the offensive, rather than having to sit helplessly by as atrocities took place. In other words, the peacekeepers could become peacemakers.

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