Editorial, The Boston Globe | November 17, 2008
Congo’s civil war has rendered the eastern region of the nation a “humanitarian catastrophe.” ++ Over 250,000 people are displaced in a conflict that finds its roots in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. ++ Of the 17,000 UN peacekeepers in the country, only 5,400 are located in the east. ++ African leaders should step in to usher a power-sharing arrangement; that is unlikely given Congo’s interested neighbors. ++ Ban Ki-Moon’s call for an additional 3,000 peacekeepers was shamefully postponed by the Security Council.