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Despite 4 Million Deaths, the Congo's War Remains Largely Ignored

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Issue: 27 Section: International News Geography: Africa Congo Topics: media

March 14, 2005

Despite 4 Million Deaths, the Congo's War Remains Largely Ignored

by Sandy Hager

According to a recent Reuters poll of over 100 humanitarian professionals, media personalities, academics and activists, the civil war in the Congo is the most important crisis "forgotten" by the mainstream media.

With over four million casualties since 1998 - more than 10 times as many as killed in the Asian tsunami - John O'Shea of Ireland's GOAL relief agency has branded the Congo conflict the worst humanitarian disaster since the Holocaust.

Although the conflict officially ended in 2003, violence has continued in most parts of the country. According to one BBC report, mass rape has been a tactic employed "as a weapon of war; a means of humiliating and controlling civilian populations."

The Reuters Alternet poll also mentions conflicts in Uganda and the Darfur region of Sudan as the second and third most "forgotten" new stories respectively.

Reuters: Poll: Congo war is world's top 'forgotten' crisis

BBC: No justice for DR Congo's raped

The Dominion: Congo's President Promises Elections

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