A very interesting perspective on a possible monitoring tactic by the UN in East Congo. Congo has long been known as the "Rape Capital of the World," with staggering statistics of violence against women. It was recently reported by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (after conducting expansive community surveys in Congo), that one woman is raped every 60 seconds in Congo. Given these findings, you might be surprised to learn that Congo is also home to the largest concentration of UN peacekeeping forces in the world (17,000 troops, with an annual operating budget of ~1.5 billion). WHAT are they doing there? Note that I'm not questioning WHY a peace keeping force would come to Congo, but WHAT are they physically doing to assist the Congolese nation?
In this article, Ban ki-Moon proposes to use drones as a means to reinforce the presence of the UN troops in east Congo, but as you'll see in the article, many African nations are thoroughly opposed to it.