After a series of insurgent attacks, many in the DRC have become increasingly frustrated with UN troops. Disgruntled citizens stormed UN operations and looted them. This comes on the heal of a slow international reaction to the country’s Ebola crisis in addition to continued instability from insurgent groups in the less-populous areas of the country.

International peacekeeping efforts by the UN are typically met with criticisms of not doing anything.  in several interviews of citizens, it appeared that this has also been a factor in the DRC. As I have mentioned previously, given the several problems that the DRC has had with corruption, insurgency, and disease in the past few months, eventual unrest occurs.

Case studies like these showcase the problems of international law interacting with developing countries. Problems are often ingrained into a wider history of political or military instability and requires large funding and long-term commitment. Organizations like the UN have small executing power due the competing interests of all member countries. This means their ability to respond to crisis is limited, since they try to avoid deep involvement, contrasting the interests of member states, or using significant funds.

John H.