Timothy B. Reid has been involved in peacekeeping for more than 15 years, both as a military officer (Bosnia, Ethiopia-Eritrea) and as a civilian (Rwanda, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon). In 1997-1998, he served as a justice and investigations officer for the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda. From 2001 to 2005, he was a political affairs officer dealing with armed groups and then a team leader for disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) in Bukavu, responsible for all of South Kivu Province in the Congo. He currently works as a consultant while researching a book on how war criminals have co-opted the international community. He holds a master in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; a master's in international economics from the University of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Paris; a bachelor of commerce in applied economics from the from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal; and a bachelor of law from the Law School of the University of Montreal. He lives in Quebec.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second-most dangerous country in the world for women, mostly because of the number of rapes, says a recent Thompson-Reuters Foundation poll of gender experts. Estimates vary widely, from 40 to 1,150 women raped there every day, depending on the source. About 9 percent of the population in eastern Congo experienced some form of sexual violence from 2009 to 2010, a U.S. Government Accountability Office study reported this month.