Thursday, December 11, 2008

Details of Kiwanja Massacre Come to Light

The New York Times says that Laurent Nkunda's CNDP is to blame for the massacre of at least 150 people, most of them young men, in the eastern Congolese town of Kiwanja early last month.

Based on the investigations of Anneke Van Woundeberg of Human Rights Watch, the article alleges that Jean Bosco Ntaganda, aka the Terminator, Mr. Nkunda’s chief of staff, commanded the troops that carried out the killings.

But the article is also very disparaging of the UN peacekeepers:
As the killings took place, a contingent of about 100 United Nations peacekeepers was less than a mile away, struggling to understand what was happening outside the gates of its base. The peacekeepers were short of equipment and men, United Nations officials said, and they were focusing on evacuating frightened aid workers and searching for a foreign journalist who had been kidnapped. Already overwhelmed, officials said, they had no intelligence capabilities or even an interpreter who could speak the necessary languages.

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