With a population of 30 to 45 million people, the Kurds are the world’s largest group of stateless people. Despite national borders separating them physically, their language and culture have helped maintain a strong nationalist sentiment. This has led to numerous attempts in all four countries to establish a Kurdish nation-state that would represent their interests on the world stage politically.
Pertinent to the concerns of the UNSC, hostilities committed by opposing parties in the Kurdish Conflict are acts of aggression that have disrupted the peace of the region, significantly affecting the area socially, politically and economically.
Since its days as the personal colony of Belgian King Leopold II, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have suffered unspeakable tragedies. Conflicts such as the Congo War, Rwandan Genocide and innumerable insurgencies have scarred the nation’s short 58 years of independent history. To this day, rebel groups such as the March 23 Movement (M23) and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) pose as a serious threat to the peace and security of the country, especially in the eastern regions of the DRC such as the Kivu Provinces.
Lack of economic opportunity, perpetuated by government corruption and insurgent-wrought instability, has led to widespread poverty in the DRC. With 70% of the population remaining under the international poverty line and the average income of a Congolese citizen being only $400 a year, the human rights situation in the DRC is abysmal.
Joey is an average JC1 student studying (and struggling). A former Humanities student, she has found her calling for the Sciences and aspires to study Medicine in the future. To most of her friends, Joey is known to be a supreme master of procrastination and has an innate talent for roasting people with her sharp wit. Off-duty, Joey is a potato who rots at home, watching shows for hours on end before finally sleeping at 4 am. Despite this, Joey is eagerly anticipating RVMUN 2019, and hopes that she will experience a rewarding conference with her fellow chair and delegates. She wishes all delegates good luck for RVMUN 2019.
Jonathan is not your average JC1 student. Ever since he was a little boy, he has had a burning passion for the Humanities, especially History (unlike someone). To most of his friends, he is a history nerd who reads Wikipedia for fun and regularly sleeps during Math lessons. But, Jonathan is not just a one-trick pony. No no, he is also a dancer! A chinese dancer in fact. Somehow, this fact never ceases to surprise his newfound friends (as I hope all of you will be), because they all have horrible preset mindsets of dancers not being nerds! People also find his deep-rooted love for Matcha rather odd, unable to understand his passion for this greatest gift from God. He looks forward to seeing all of your lovely faces at RVMUN 2019, and hopes to make it the best MUN you have been to yet!