When UN peacekeepers are sent on a mission, their goal is not to conquer territories or fight against hostile troops. Instead, it is to safeguard peace between formerly warring parties.
But the reputation of UN peacekeepers has been tainted due to what happened on their missions in Somalia (1993), Rwanda (1994) and Srebrenica in Bosnia and Hercegovina (1995). So where do the UN’s blue helmets stand? Do they live up to their responsibility as global peacekeepers – or is their mandate often times not strong enough to pacify heinously fighting militia?