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HARDtalk in the DRC

Stephen looks at the challenges faced by the UN in DR Congo

In a first for the programme, Stephen takes HARDtalk on the road to the Democratic Republic of Congo - one of the world's most war-torn countries.

In today's programme - the first of three - he looks at the impact of the biggest, most expensive UN peacekeeping operation in the world.

Stephen's first destination is the remote area of North Kivu province, where he assesses whether UN troops can really protect civilians from the region's web of warlords and armed rebels.

These include the Hutu militants who fled to the DRC after their involvement in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

Sackur asks the UN military commander in the DRC, General Babacar Gaye, whether he is facing an impossible mission.

Hardtalk is shown on BBC World News at 0330 (except Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific), 0830, 1430, 2030 and 2230 GMT (except Middle East and South Asia)

HARDtalk is also broadcast on the BBC News channel at 0230, 0430 & 2330




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