Millions Dead in Congo
The IRC is scaling up emergency humanitarian response in the North Kivu province of eastern Congo after recent violence displaced an estimated 250,000 people.
NEW Aid worker diaries and photos
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COUNTING DEATHS TO SAVE LIVES
A January 2008 IRC survey found that 5,400,000 people have died from war-related causes in Congo since 1998 – the world’s deadliest documented conflict since WW II. The vast majority died from non-violent causes such as malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition—easily preventable and treatable conditions when people have access to health care and nutritious food.
At a Glance | Press Release | Full Report [PDF]
Congo’s loss is equivalent to the entire population of Denmark or the state of Colorado perishing within a decade. Marcus Bleasdale tells the story of the conflict and its aftermath in photographs. [quicktime video 23mb]
In this video, director of IRC health programs, Dr. Rick Brennan, describes how survey teams traveled across Congo – by motorbike, canoe, 4-wheel-drive, and on foot -- visiting 14,000 homes to gather data.Saddened by Killing of Staff Member in Congo
04 Dec 2008 | News | D.R. Congo
21 Nov 2008 | News | D.R. Congo
Congo Crisis: More Help is Needed for Women and Girls in North Kivu as Sexual Violence Escalates
24 Jan 2008 | Video | D.R. Congo
14 Dec 2007 | Photo Essay | D.R. Congo
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