Kenyan soldiers are part of the Rapid Intervention Brigade that support the ill-equipped, poorly-trained and disorganised Congolese troops to eradicate insecurity in the east of the country. KDF is serving under United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (Monusco), the most expensive peacekeeping mission in history.
KDF troops posing for a photo before heading to DRC.
They are protecting civilians, providing security to UN personals and installations. The contingent is also neutralising armed militia groups. The specialized elite soldiers secretly trained for about one year to meet UN requirements.
KDF troop in volatile eastern Congo.
According to the Centre on International Cooperation report, there are over 120 armed groups in the Beni region. The current surge in bloody attacks is caused by Allied Democratic Force (ADF) that is affiliated with the Islamic State jihad group. They have so far torched more than 1000 hospitals and schools, and forcibly recruited hundreds of children as fighters and human shields.
A confidential UN report indicates some countries are supplying weapons through third parties. DRC government has in the past accused neighbouring countries of seeking to destabilise it. Amnesty International disclose that a large number of weapons and ammunition from Europe and the US are flown to governments of Uganda and Rwanda and subsequent distribution to armed factions in Congo.
For nearly three decades, eastern Congo has been characterised by insecurity that has led to the expulsion of millions. The fighting has fueled one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. There are currently 5.2 million displaced people who live in congested accommodations that lack essential services.
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