Recently, in the contested town of Abyei, Sudan, a battalion of 850 U.N. peacekeepers from Zambia hid in their barracks as Sudanese forces looted and burned homes, prompting sharp criticism from local officials and U.N. Security Council diplomats who described their conduct as disgraceful.
One wonders as to what mandate should the UN peacekeeping have in order to save lives in the cause of keeping the peace. I am appalled with people being killed, their properties looted, women raped etc. as the so called "UN Peacekeeping force buried their head in their barracks, refusing to save the situation and keep the peace. Furthermore, the same situation happened in Rwanda, in its genocide 1994, in the presence of UN Peace keeping force. I am wondering why UN Peacekeeping should even exist if they don't have the teeth to keep the peace. It is useless to make vulnerable victims feel that UN peacekeepers are present and therefore nothing bad will happened, then their trust on UN betrayed, and they lost their dear lives.
UN must change the peacekeeping mandate or they should not waste their resources, pretending to keep peace that they could not keep.