Friday, January 02, 2009

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

Video: One family's story


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]

  • 5,400,000

    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]

  • IRC's Dr. Rick Brennan on the Congo Crisis

    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
  • 14 Dec 2007 | Photo Essay | D.R. Congo

    Responding to an Outbreak of Deadly Ebola in Congo
    Crisis in Congo

    Democratic Republic of Congo


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