D.R.C. – D.o we R.eally C.are?

In the last year, the number of displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo has risen from 30,000 to 105,000.

Increased insecurity in the north-eastern regions of the country is hampering humanitarian assistance, as aid agencies are prevented from reaching the vulnerable groups of displaced civilians. NGOs and aid agencies are regularly forced to evacuate as the violent conflict escalates.

The war officially ended in 2003, but the conflict is ongoing, and a resource-rich country is plunging further into economic collapse and nationwide poverty.

Despite a large peace-keeping force in the country, the UN are still struggling to contain the conflict and protect the population.

Over 5.4 million people have died from war-related hunger and disease between 1998-2007 (Source: IRC), and the International Rescue Committee estimate that over 45,000 people are dying every month.

Compare this to the numbers that have died in the Iraq war; 151,000 between 2003-2006, an average of 4000 per month. Recent estimates place the number of casualties as less than 500 a month.

A forgotten war. A forgotten conflict. Can we afford to ignore it any longer?

Sources:

http://www.alertnet.org/db/crisisprofiles/ZR_CON.htm

http://www.theirc.org/special-reports/special-report-congo

http://www.brookings.edu/saban/iraq-index.aspx

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