Forty-three women are currently deployed in the Tanzanian contingent in the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) in the North Kivu town of Beni. Their role is to boost security in the conflict-prone area. In December 2017, 15 of their compatriots were killed after being ambushed by rebel militia, while bravely defending the UN base at Semuliki, in the same area. It marked the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent UN history.
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