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The Congo conflict is the deadliest humanitarian crisis of the last 60 years but the world is still not doing enough to save lives, according to a survey on Friday.

Its authors pleaded urgently for more aid and tougher security in the wake of a war estimated to have killed nearly four million people, mainly through hunger and disease.

"Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years," said Richard Brennan, health director of the New York-based International Rescue Committee that counted the human cost of the conflict.

"Ignorance about its scale and impact is almost universal and international engagement remains completely out of proportion to humanitarian need," Brennan said after the survey findings were published in the Lancet medical journal.

The U.N.'s 17,000-strong Congo peacekeeping force -- its biggest in the world -- is trying to establish order across Africa's third largest country in the wake of the war which began in 1998 and officially ended in 2003.

Bands of gunmen still intimidate civilians in large areas, particularly in the east whose mineral riches are believed to have fueled a conflict that at one point drew in six foreign armies and was dubbed Africa's first world war.

Brennan said improved security is vital to lower the death toll and argued that aid must be dramatically increased.

The survey showed that the death toll in the Congo conflict so far was higher than the numbers killed in Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo and Darfur.

After surveying 19,500 households across the former Belgian colony, the survey calculated that the mortality rate was 40 percent higher than that of Sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 1,200 people dying every day.

Up to 20 percent of children are malnourished. Most deaths, especially in children, occur from easily preventable illnesses.

"National and international efforts to address the crisis remain grossly inadequate," the survey concluded, arguing that more, better trained peacekeeping troops were speedily needed.

The survey authors' outrage was echoed by Evelyn Depoortere of the Paris-based aid agency Epicentre who said "Rich donor nations are miserably failing the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo."

"Every few months the mortality equivalent of two southeast Asian tsunamis ploughs through its territory," Depoortere said in a commentary to accompany the survey findings.

"We can no longer claim ignorance about this and other wars' profound and protracted effect on human health," she said.
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'Thousands' dying in DR Congo war

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is killing 38,000 people each month, says the Lancet medical journal. Most of the deaths are not caused by violence but by malnutrition and preventable diseases after the collapse of health services, the study said.

Since the war began in 1998, some 4m people have died, making it the world's most deadly war since 1945, it said.

A peace deal has ended most of the fighting but armed gangs continue to roam the east, killing and looting.

"Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years," said Richard Brennan, health director of the New York-based International Rescue Committee and the study's lead author.

"Ignorance about its scale and impact is almost universal and international engagement remains completely out of proportion to humanitarian need,"

Some 17,000 United Nations peacekeepers are in DR Congo, to restore peace and organise elections due by the end of June 2006.

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Researchers visited nearly 20,000 households across the country over a three-month period in 2004, recording births and deaths over the previous 18 months.

They then compared their results with data from neighbouring countries and before the war began and are confident that their results are accurate.

Children were worst affected by the increased mortality rate, often from easily preventable and treatable diseases like malaria and diarrhoea, the study found.

In some parts, death rates were double the pre-war level, while the mortality rate in the city of Kisangani dropped by 80% after fighting there stopped in 2002.

At its height, at least seven foreign armies were involved in the war.

Many fighters - both foreign and Congolese - have been accused of looting DR Congo's vast natural mineral resources during the war.
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Jesus 38,000 a month
Mostly all from malnutritution
Its crazy how good we have it
We throw away good food
We take for granted how good
Our lives really are-We as a Country
Have so many resources that I never understand
We can spend millions on wasted government projects
Yet we cant even help a country that is in need
Sometimes I dont understand the country in which we live in
This was an enlightment Brother Pan Thank You
 

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Tantrum said:
Jesus 38,000 a month
Mostly all from malnutritution
Its crazy how good we have it
We throw away good food
We take for granted how good
Our lives really are-We as a Country
Have so many resources
that I never understand
We can spend millions on wasted government projects
Yet we cant even help a country that is in need
Sometimes I dont understand the country in which we live in
This was an enlightment Brother Pan Thank You
Now Let me give you real enlightenment, my brother. Congo is sitting on the richest land with natural resources on the planet. But your country will not let them live in Peace. You are living your "good" life because of fraudulently and criminally obtained mineral resources from countries like Congo!! Thats why the people with the actual resources die of malnutrition. Or do you think the steel, oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds that have become part and parcel of the decadent American life came from heaven? No. There are people being exploited for you. I am waiting for the day Americans will say "Hey Africa is messed up, so lets leave there minerals and oil for them".

I am sorry to ask, but this is a black consciousness site, right?
 

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militant said:
Now Let me give you real enlightenment, my brother. Congo is sitting on the richest land with natural resources on the planet. But your country will not let them live in Peace. You are living your "good" life because of fraudulently and criminally obtained mineral resources from countries like Congo!! Thats why the people with the actual resources die of malnutrition. Or do you think the steel, oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds that have become part and parcel of the decadent American life came from heaven? No. There are people being exploited for you. I am waiting for the day Americans will say "Hey Africa is messed up, so lets leave there minerals and oil for them".
I am sorry to ask, but this is a black consciousness site, right?
This is a site for teaching (learning) and building brother Militant, which brother Tantrum is doing. Very few make the connections between the resources and comforts available in the US, and how many people in other countries were exploited to obtain them. It is up to those who know, to make others aware of this reality.
 
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