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Nadine Gordimer Troubled by Government’s Deployment of Troops to the Central African Republic


No Time Like the PresentNobel laureate Nadine Gordimer has said that she finds the recent deaths of South African peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic, “very, very troubling”. She is quoted in City Press as saying that, “we have blundered rather badly”.

In the article, Gordimer warns the South African government that getting involved in other countries “brings a kind of obligation. You may indeed (be) helping to support the wrong side – in some cases the government is the wrong side and the other cases, it’s the rebels.” She commented that troops should not be sent on offensive operations when it isn’t clear what the situation is. This is in light of the news that South African troops will soon be sent to the eastern DRC as part of a UN force mandated to conduct offensive operations.

Nobel literature prizewinner Nadine Gordimer has urged South Africa’s government to be more cautious about deploying peacekeepers abroad after 13 troops died in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Gordimer told AFP the deaths of soldiers in the remote Saharan nation were “very, very troubling,” and should raise questions about the imminent deployment of more troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“It seems in the Central African Republic we have blundered rather badly,” the 1991 laureate said.

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