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UN Peacekeeping Failure's In Africa
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It is by no means obscure that one of the central issues plaguing Antonio Guterres, the United Nations' recently appointed secretary-general, is the terrible failures of the UN peacekeepers in providing aid and security where they have been based.

Although the UN has been reported to spend near to $8 billion (£6.5 billion) each year on peacekeeping across the globe, with a majority of these missions being held in Africa, shocking is the way in which many of these missions fail to fulfil the objectives that they set out to achieve.

According to a new report by the Geneva-based research group Small Arms Survey, the UN's South Sudan mission has lacked their intended neutrality, providing the rebels in the town of Bentiu, 2013, with arms.

This report also clarifies that soon after the peacekeepers provided the rebels with these weapons, the rebels then proceeded to hold a massacre of locals.

Unable to fulfil mission aims

The corruption undercutting the UN's South Sudan mission came to the forefront following the realisation that UN troops were ineffective in protecting civilians after disputes between government powers and prior rebels, July 2016.

Following an expository internal investigation, it was determined that the capital mission, Juba, did not achieve on of its integral mandate's, "to protect civilians under threat of physical violence [...] with specific protection for women and children".

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