Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nobody Cares about the Congo

A total of six million people have been killed during six years of war in DR Congo. Most of the deaths were from disease and malnutrition. Several neighbouring countries were involved in the fighting, described by some observers as "Africa's World War".

More than 300,000 people have been displaced this month by ethnic violence in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN says.

The latest clashes are between Hema cattle-herders and Lendu farmers. 

The two communities have repeatedly fought over land and water in Ituri, a gold-rich region in the north-east. The rivalry left thousands dead between 1997 and 2003, amid a wider conflict.
In 2012, a Hema warlord involved in the conflict, Thomas Lubanga, became the first person to be convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In 2017, a Lendu militia leader, Germain Katanga, became the first convicted war criminal to be ordered to pay damages to his victims by the ICC.

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