MONUSCO "working very closely" with DRC generals on civilian protection

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Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi, Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), addresses the Security Council meeting on UN peacekeeping operations. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

As "harrowing reports" mount of violence and killings across the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN military operation there says peacekeepers are doing "their level best" to protect civilian lives.

The UN Stabilization Mission MONUSCO's Force Commander Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi said that part of the challenge is that formerly peaceful areas have erupted into violence, with an array of armed groups, leading to a highly complex situation on the ground.

With fresh claims of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers this year in the DRC, he said strict procedures and training were now in place to emphasize the UN's "zero tolerance" policy.

Aditya Mehta asked Commander Mbuyiselo Mgwebi what MONUSCO was doing to protect civilians in the Kasais and elsewhere in the DRC.

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