UN Quietly Reports Over 100 Killed in Congo by LRA
After "Well-Judged" Attack on Group
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 29 -- As the UN Security
Council met until 3 am on Saturday night about the Gaza air strikes
according to the UN have killed 62 women and children, in Orientale
the Democratic Republic of the Congo well over 100 people were hacked
with machetes. This attack was barely mentioned Monday at the UN. Ban
held a press conference and spoke only about Gaza, took no questions on
any other topic.
Holmes the head of the Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs was asked by
Inner City Press about his Office's
methodology in counting the dead in Gaza, which many saw as implying
women and children were civilians, and why this methodology is used
in Gaza but
not in Africa. Holmes said it is not a methodology and was only meant
OCHA has issued a report that nearly 200 civilians were
killed in Orientale Province by the Lord's Resistance Army. The report
made available in the UN's Spokesperson's Office -- where, for example,
paragraph UNAMID press release about a dead peacekeeper was displayed
does not seem to use the Gaza methodology, of implying that men are or
combatants and not civilians.
meanwhile, claims that Uganda's Army the UPDF is behind the killings,
them on the LRA. Either way, over 100
are dead, in fall-out from the three-nation assault on the LRA's camp
Congo. UK Ambassador John Sawers back on December 17 called this
assault, known as
Operation Lightning Thunder,
"well-judged." Video here,
from Minute 4.
Joseph Kony, center, and LRA-ers many since
dead, perhaps counted as civilians
humanitarians are saying that far too little forethought was given to
would happen if Joseph Kony was not killed in the assault, what the LRA
do. As the issue of extrajudicial killing is being raised about
bombing of the houses of Hamas leaders in Gaza, the UN through envoy
Chissano, and its Security Council through a Presidential Statement,
embraced a military strategy that itself smacked of extrajudicial
the indicted war criminal Joseph Kony.
always seems to be a different standard for Africa, even or
especially at the UN, including as related to counting the dead and
they are civilians.
Update: the UN has scheduled a press
conference Tuesday by Robert Serry about Gaza, but not even a noon
briefing to field questions including about over 100 civilians killed
in the Congo.
Click here for Inner
City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
Click here from Inner City Press'
December 12 debate on UN double standards
Click here for Inner
City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics
Click here for Inner City
Press Nov. 7 debate on the war in Congo
Watch this site, and this Oct. 2 debate, on
UN, bailout, MDGs
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
* * *
usually also available through Google
News and on Lexis-Nexis.
for a Reuters
AlertNet piece by this correspondent
about Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army. Click
for an earlier Reuters AlertNet piece about the Somali
Reconciliation Congress, and the UN's $200,000 contribution from an
undefined trust fund. Video
UN Office: S-453A, UN, NY 10017
Reporter's mobile (and
earlier Inner City Press are listed here, and some are available
in the ProQuest service, and now on Lexis-Nexis.
2006-08 Inner City Press, Inc. To request
reprint or other permission, e-contact Editorial [at]