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KINSHASA (Reuters) - War, disease and malnutrition are killing 45,000 Congolese every month in a conflict-driven humanitarian crisis that has claimed 5.4 million victims in nearly a decade, a survey released on Tuesday said.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which carried out the study with Australia's Burnet Institute, said Democratic Republic of Congo's 1998-2003 war and its aftermath had caused more deaths than any other conflict since World War Two.
"Congo's loss is equivalent to the entire population of Denmark or the state of Colorado perishing within a decade," George Rupp, president of the aid group, said in a statement.
The findings were published on the day Congo's government and warring eastern rebel and militia factions were due to sign a ceasefire in the hope of halting fighting in the east which has raged on since the nominal end of the 1998-2003 war.
Rupp said that although Congo's war formally ended five years ago, "ongoing strife and poverty continue to take a staggering toll". "The conflict and its aftermath, in terms of fatalities, surpass any other since World War II," he added.
Malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition, aggravated by conflict, were the top killers in Congo, the survey said.
Originally posted by Fada126
WOW. What is being done to aleviate this? This is worse than any dictator and yet you dont see America sending 100,000 troops!I mean WOW!Any thoughts?Or is it that there isn enough money in the Congo? [/qutoe]
WOW, maybe your country should send in the troops.
If you look back at Somalia the US role was a very limited one to protect the food supplies and get it to the suffering. Well the people there didn’t like that so basically all of them were against the US. Once the US left they went back to their personal wars and genocides.
The Congo is an even worst place than Somalia.