Civilians Still in Raqqa are Still Civilians

Civilians stay in war zones for all sorts of reasons: They may lack the resources to leave, or have no other place to go. They may be unwilling to leave vulnerable family members, may not want to leave their homes, or — most likely — they are not allowed to leave. There are 3,000 to 4,000 fighters in Raqqa, compared to 400,000 civilians.

Ellen Margrethe Løj, (on screen) Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Peacekeepers Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), briefs the Council via video teleconference.

A Question of Accountability

United Nations peacekeeping troops often take the blame for mission failures, but a recent op-ed by Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s Peacekeeping Advisor Lauren Spink argues that the UN Security Council and Secretariat must share in accountability for peacekeeping operation failures and enact meaningful reform to support field operations.