CIVILIANS SUFFER as WAR CONTINUES in DRC

Jul 16, 2009 at 4:14 am Leave a comment

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The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo still rages on. Reports vary, but an estimated 3 to 5 million people have been killed by war-related causes, including disease and hunger. According to the BBC 47 percent of victims are children, even though they represent only 19 percent of the population. About 1.4 million people are internally displaced and 340,000 are refugees in neighboring countries. Oxfam reports that killings, torture and rape have increased since a UN-backed military operation against rebels launched in January.

There is no end in sight of the war, and innocent civilians bear the brunt of it all. MSF and other NGO’s are the only hope for people to carry on their lives. Check out MSF’s Condition Critical to better understand the conflict. Or check out more videos of MSF’s aid work here.

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Entry filed under: Africa, Conflict.

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