The United Nations force in the Congo, numbering altogether about 18,000 men, is playing a difficult role - trying to keep the peace on one hand between Congolese and the remaining Europeans, on the other, between rival groups of Congolese. 400 men of the UN force come from Sudan.
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GV detachment prepare for drill
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GV bayonet drill
SV men sit cleaning rifles
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MV group with newspapers
CU Sudanese number plate on radio jeep
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Background: The United Nations force in the Congo, numbering altogether about 18,000 men, is playing a difficult role - trying to keep the peace on one hand between Congolese and the remaining Europeans, on the other, between rival groups of Congolese. 400 men of the UN force come from Sudan.
They have been drawn from southern Sudan - near the border with the strike-torn Congo Republic - and have a neighbourly understanding of Congolese customs and ways of life. But they have been placed in a difficult situation in the Congo following Colonel Mobutu's accusations against the United Arab Republic and Sudan that they were trying to get reinforcements across the border to the pro-Lumumba forces in Oriental Province.
Colonel Mobutu has threatened that he might deprive Sudan and Egypt of the part of the Nile waters arising in the Congo. The UAR announced recently it would withdraw its force of over 500 men from the UN in the Congo, and Ceylon and Yugoslavia said they would do the same.
The Sudanese soldiers are all volunteers, and have been employed in guarding property where there has been a lack of Congolese police, and in case of violence they can arrest people and take them to the Congolese police authorities who decide what is to be done. The Sudanese are equipped with radio-carrying jeeps and small arms.