UNMOs - What are They?

Military observers - highly trained officers who monitor some of the World's worst crisis spots - are "the eyes and ears of the United Nations Security Council".

Known as UNMOs, military observers play a crucial role in the UN peacekeeping. Without them the United Nations would be denied firsthand knowledge of the progress of the fighting or the level of destruction occurring in areas of hostility.

UNMOs, who are unarmed, are called on at great personal risk to witness attacks on military and civilian targets so they can report on the level of fighting.