Politics might have kept the Democratic Republic of Congo’s civil war off the global agenda for more than a decade, but the scale of the violence calls for decisive action on multiple fronts, says Sabrina Marsh.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – located in central Africa – has suffered from a crippling civil war since 1998. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting continues, hindering any progress in the embattled country. The violence has resulted in the deaths of around 5.4 million people, making it the world’s deadliest documented conflict since World War II. The prevalence of rape and other sexual violence is described as the worst in the world, with 15,996 new instances recorded by the United Nations across the nation in 2008 alone, of which 65% of the victims were children.
Yet, despite its incredible scale – and its destabilising effect across the entire region – the conflict in DRC has been largely ignored by the global media and ranks low on international government agendas. So why has the ‘African world war’ gone unnoticed? Continue reading »