It's the new apartheid. Western governments unable to endanger the lives of their boys are increasingly relying on troops from the developing world to carry out UN peacekeeping missions around the world. And Third World governments, who make money out of the business, are neck deep in the conspiracy.
The UN pays a flat rate of about $1,000 a month per officer to the governments involved. With over 3,000 Indian personnel in war-torn Sierra Leone, the Indian government stands to get a cool $3 million a month, at least. Says a senior UN administrator, "For countries like Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Nepal, UN reimbursements to the government are a great source of foreign exchange since they are meant to compensate the government as it continues to pay the soldier's salary - which in poorer countries can be as little as $100 per month."