Surviving Critical Times Hard To Deal With

Friday, January 06, 2006


The British medical journal Lancet says that 38,000 people, mostly children are dying every month. Every month! That figure is a shocking indictment of man's inability to govern himself or others. And who are the foreign armies that are assisting in the genocide of Congo's children for profits?

BBC says "Thousands' dying in DR Congo war "

Congolese hope elections due this year will end their miseryConflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is killing 38,000 people each month, says the Lancet medical journal. Most of the deaths are not caused by violence but by malnutrition and preventable diseases after the collapse of health services, the study said. Since the war began in 1998, some 4m people have died, making it the world's most deadly war since 1945, it said. A peace deal has ended most of the fighting but armed gangs continue to roam the east, killing and looting. "Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years," said Richard Brennan, health director of the New York-based International Rescue Committee and the study's lead author.

The war in DR Congo
"Ignorance about its scale and impact is almost universal and international engagement remains completely out of proportion to humanitarian need," Some 17,000 United Nations peacekeepers are in DR Congo, to restore peace and organise elections due by the end of June 2006.


Researchers visited nearly 20,000 households across the country over a three-month period in 2004, recording births and deaths over the previous 18 month. They then compared their results with data from neighbouring countries and before the war began and are confident that their results are accurate. Children were worst affected by the increased mortality rate, often from easily preventable and treatable diseases like malaria and diarrhoea, the study found. In some parts, death rates were double the pre-war level, while the mortality rate in the city of Kisangani dropped by 80% after fighting there stopped in 2002. At its height, at least seven foreign armies were involved in the war. Many fighters - both foreign and Congolese - have been accused of looting DR Congo's vast natural mineral resources during the war.


Other BBC Links

'Cursed' gold On the trail from militia-controlled gold mines to Uganda
Disarmament battle
Living with Rwanda's Hutu rebels
Ravaged region
Impossible mission
Battle hardened rebels
Che Guevara's footsteps
In pictures: Surviving rape
Forgotten war
Rape victims seek solace
Meeting the president
Q&A: DR Congo conflict
Country profile
Network Africa
UN Mission in DR Congo
The Lancet
'Thousands' dying in DR Congo war
Saudis turn back Nigeria pilgrims
World Bank suspends loans to Chad
Starvation looms in African Horn


  • Museveni: Uganda ready to attack rebels in Congo
    26 Jan 2006 13:23:03 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    KAMPALA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Ugandan military is ready to "deal with" rebels in neighbouring Congo who killed eight U.N. soldiers this week, President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday.

    Eight Guatemalan commandos died and five were seriously wounded on Monday in a four-hour gun battle with fighters from northern Uganda's shadowy Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

    LRA guerrillas moved into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last year, and in September Museveni accused the United Nations and the transitional Congolese government of sponsoring terrorism by failing to disarm them and other Ugandan rebels.

    "We told the U.N. they should allow us to go and deal with them in Congo, because we know how to fight those criminals," Museveni said during celebrations at an airfield marking two decades since his National Resistance Movement seized power.

    "They didn't listen to us," he added.

    "The other day I saw (the LRA) had killed some of their people ... We are ready, if the Congolese government and the U.N. want us to deal with that issue, we shall deal with it."

    He thanked the Sudanese government and former rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army for letting Ugandan troops operate in southern Sudan, where the LRA has hideouts.

    The war in north Uganda has uprooted more than 1.6 million people. Led by a self-proclaimed mystic, Joseph Kony, the cult-like LRA is infamous for massacring civilians and abducting thousands of children as fighters, porters and sex slaves.

    In October, the International Criminal Court unsealed its first arrest warrants, accusing the LRA leadership of multiple war crimes during their 20-year insurgency.

    Museveni is running for re-election after two decades in power at polls on Feb. 23.

    Critics say preparations for the vote have been soured by the arrest of his former ally and main opposition challenger, Kizza Besigye, on treason, terrorism and rape charges.

    By Blogger hope2endure, at 9:27 AM  

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