Talk Africa: U.N. Peacekeepers in Africa

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Chinese Peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) parade during the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers in Juba, South Sudan. Image courtesy: Reuters/Samir Bol

For United Nations peacekeepers, the past five years has been the deadliest period in history. According to a December 2017 report, the U.N. flag no longer offers the natural protection it once did – and the missions in Africa are the most vulnerable.

Since 2013, an influx of armed groups, extremists and organised crime has led to 26 blue helmet casualties in Sudan, 29 in the Central African Republic, and 91 in Mali – and the report has called for better training, more technology and greater freedom for peacekeepers in response to these numbers

So how can the U.N. adapt to deal with this new climate of conflict? And what more can be done to make it safer for U.N. peacekeepers on the continent?

Lindy Mtongana is joined by security and conflict transformation expert Dr Mustafa Ali and Mwenda Mbijiwe, Security analyst and CEO of Eye On Security this week on Africa to find out more.