Malnourished Congolese child near Goma, 2009. Nothing Changes.
We can cry all we want, but where is the drive to do something constructive? Before her visit to Congo, Haley was certainly aware of the failure of UN peacekeepers to accomplish anything meaningful. In fact, the UN's heavily fortified compound sits in the middle of Goma and the UN seemed oblivious to the violence.
Ambassador Haley did not mince words in her remarks about the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year. "The UN peacekeeping mission is mandated to partner with the government," Haley said.
"In other words, the U.N. is aiding a government that is inflicting predatory behavior against its own people. We should have the decency and common sense to end this."
The Obama administration did nothing but enable Kabila by turning a blind eye to atrocity. An American UN fact-finding expert was killed shortly after Obama's watch and it caused barely a ripple here in the USA. The body of Michael Sharp was found in a shallow grave along with that of fellow investigator Zaida Catalan. The two were researching atrocities that occurred in in Kasai Province after Mwami (Chief) Kamwina Nsapu was murdered. Independent investigations link the murders to the Kabila regime.
In the waning days of the Obama administration, a bipartisan letter sent by six Congressmen and women was ignored by the President. The letter is signed by Christopher (Chris) Smith, Chairman of House Subcommittee on Africa, Edward (Ed) Royce, Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Karen Bass, ranking member of House Subcommittee on Africa, and Eliot Engel, ranking member of House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Karen Bass and Eliot Engel are members of the Democratic Party. Chris Smith and Ed Royce are Republicans. Royce is currently an advisor to President Donald Trump. Congressman Royce announced his support for Trump in May 2016.
The letter urges five specific actions that have teeth and require the cooperation of the European Union. Item 4 suggests that if Treasury finds any reasonable grounds for money laundering operations "with regard to the illicit financial activities of DRC government officials," then Treasury should direct US financial institutions and financial agencies to invoke Section 311 of the Patriot Act. This would put the Patriot act to good use.