This discovery shows once again the importance of the cooperation between UN peacekeepers and Congolese forces. Despite being under fire as violence persists, joint efforts are crucial to protect civilians in the country, as well as halting and mitigating the impact of attacks from the CODECO militia against internally displaced people.
After more than two decades in the DRC, the UN mission in the region has prompted popular anger for its inability to tackle armed groups or bring peace to the country, particularly due to the resurgence of the M23 rebel group and the persistence of killings in Ituri. Deployment of 14K troops and spending of about $1.5B each year has resulted in failure.
There is a 20% chance that the East African Federation will be formed before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.