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Vol 51 No 24

Published 3rd December 2010


Will the UN bail out of Congo?

Another month, another United Nations' report on Congo-Kinshasa. Yet do these reports, or indeed the UN in general, help improve conditions in Congo? At around 19,000 strong, the Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation du Congo is the largest purely UN operation in the world. Monusco runs an aviation network across the country that is better than anything commercial airlines have to offer and it would be sorely missed. However, UN salaries inflate rents in Kinshasa, which may well be why the government is so keen for it to go.

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