Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More bloody war

Insomnia has its uses. Often reports on the horror of the war in the Congo don't make news headlines blightyside. After all, last weekend saw a slow newsday in which a quarter of an hour of news time could be spent on some ramblers trapped on the pennines.

This morning, though, I heard the World Service, which, naturally, has prioritised such an important story.
An estimated 20,000 people have already fled towards Goma, many of them having left a refugee camp in Kibumba as the fighting approached on Monday.

About 200,000 people fled their homes after fighting resumed in the area in late August.

The United Nations says many refugees are malnourished and some are dying of hunger.[...]

"There are already some 800,000 to a million people internally displaced in this region, so it's really a huge population in need of help."
Over 5 million have died in this war. It doesn't throw up as much heat and light as the Israel/Palestine issue, but it has thrown up considerably more death and misery. Still, that's what happens in Africa, ain't it?

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