La mesa de luz

De patrulla con los cascos azules en Congo

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU
El pasado mes de mayo murió el casco azul número 99 desde la creación de la misión de las Naciones Unidas en la República Democrática del Congo en 1999. Esta es la misión de paz más grande hasta la fecha donde participan 18.700 soldados y 700 observadores. Las fotos del post fueron realizadas en dos días de patrulla con el batallón indú al que pertenecía el último soldado muerto.

Pero la paz y la estabilidad en este gran país africano está aun lejos de conseguirse a pesar de la presencia de los cascos azules. Un conflicto o guerra olvidada que se libra bajo la sombra de los intereses económicos del coltán, mineral imprescindible para la fabricación de teléfonos móviles y otros aparatos electrónicos.

Os invito a dar un paseo con los cascos azules indios por Congo.

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Indian soldiers from UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 8, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the MONUC in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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Indian soldiers from UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 8, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the MONUC in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion around Kiwanja, North Kivu province on June 8, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion around Kiwanja, North Kivu province on June 8, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion around Kiwanja, North Kivu province on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion around Kiwanja, North Kivu province on June 8, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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Lieutnant Colonel Ajay (C) from the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) 2nd Indian Batallion talks with a member of the Congo military on patrol 30km east of Kiwanja near the Ugandan border on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers fight to "win the hearts and minds" of Congolese civilians during an hinterlan patrol 30km east of Kiwanja toward the Ugandan border on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated in 75 kms north of Goma, North Kivu, DRC, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed in duty since the start of the UN mission in Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU

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UN soldiers from an Indian batallion patrol around the inernally displaced person camp of Kiwanja, in North Kivu province, on June 7, 2010. Kiwanja is situated 75 kms north of Goma, in the Rutshuru district, where an Indian soldier was killed on May 23, 2010. This is the 99th UN soldier killed on duty since the start of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) in 1999. The MONUC, mainly present in the eastern part of the country, is to date the world's largest peacekeeping mission with 18.700 soldiers and 700 military observers. AFP PHOTO / GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU