United Nations Association Cordell Hull Chapter Seminar

“The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo”

Presented by Dr. Stellor Nlandu Khodo, PhD

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM
Belmont United Methodist Church, Community Center
1906 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212

On Saturday, February 17th, 2018, he will present his personal experience of the Congolese tragedy and discuss the effectiveness of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


After 32 years of dictatorship under President Mobutu (1965-1997), the arrival of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (ADFLC) in May 1997 did not improve the country’s drift towards chaos. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one of the richest countries in the world in term of natural resources, has become a hub of human rights violations, in which rape is used as a weapon of war and children are robbed of their childhood, despite the presence of the United Nations (UN) Peace-Keeping Mission. The United Nations has been involved in all major crises in the DRC from the post-independence period (1960) to the on-going silent war and political crisis. According to international human rights agencies, the Congolese conflict is the world’s bloodiest since World War II, with a death toll of millions of people from 1996. Given this unprecedented situation, the effectiveness and adequacy of the UN Peace-Keeping Mission in DRC has to be questioned.


Dr. Stellor Nlandu Khodo, a Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Congolese Citizen, was born in DRC and left his country in 2003 to pursue his education in Europe. While a student, he created the Association of Congolese Students in France (ACSF), a platform that encourages Congolese students to get involved and seek solutions to stop the Congolese tragedy. Despite his scientific work, Dr. Stellor Nlandu Khodo is very much concerned about the silence of main stream media to the degree of inhumanity in DRC and is dedicated to making the rest of the world aware of the situation in the DRC.


Dr. Stellor Nlandu Khodo has been employed as a Research Fellow at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville since August 2014. In 2004, Dr. Nlandu Khodo was awarded a doctorate in Cell Biology and Nephrology (PhD) from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He received his Master’s degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of Poitier, France in 2009.