View Full Version : Conflict Congo: Corruption, Massacres, Gold and blood diamonds

27-01-2006, 10:37 AM
If the US are such patrons of providing other countries their right to freedom, why havent they done anything for the Congo conflict? Guess theres just not enough oil.

'Thousands' dying in DR Congo war

Congolese hope elections due this year will end their misery

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.


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.

DR Congo has the world's largest peacekeeping mission

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.

Source from BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4586832.stm)

27-01-2006, 11:38 AM
Not only does the Congo not have any oil, they don't plan to start their oil bourse by March.

Of course, the White House administration probably decided not to do anything about Congo since it's already a democracy. See? See? It's the first word in the country's name!!!

30-01-2006, 06:48 AM
how to keep peace in a restless country? Probably oil is an issue here, some African countries do have oil reserves yet the Americans don't intervene. To cut the chase, Africa is truly wild and un-tamed continent. From anarchy to democracy to dictator and back to anarchy, is the current picture. Civil strife, culture conflict, ethic conflicts (remember rwanda?), Aids, money, corruption (from the Horn of Africa to the Cape) and more money money problems. It's just a never ending black hole of problems, don't mention the Americans even the French (was it Sierre Leone?) and South African peace keeping corp find it a mouth full to keep Africa contented.

Until and unless Africa sorts out its own priority, the tendency of being left behind by the world is a very likely scenario.

30-01-2006, 08:17 AM
Good point, aurora97. But did the west make it worst by colonising them? Of course I remember Rwanda. It was the Belgian that "created" 2 new race there, Hutu and Tutsi. This ultimately caused the genocide.

30-01-2006, 08:28 AM
The Belgian of all the imperialist colonizes left the worst scare of all, followed by French, Germans, Dutch, and finally the British (overall best among the worse). However, in their last desperate ditch to avoid independence. We should all remember that the British initiated "divide and conquer policy," which were follow by Belgians, Germans, and Dutch. This policy in effect puts the minority in a dominating position, if you read carefully the Rwanda Conflict. The minority was put into places of power, don't forget there was already a tribal feud brewing for decades but because of lack of tolerance. They resorted to mass murder instead of reconsiliation, guns is power and the currency of Africa.

The Britih resorted also in the same tactic, the Malay (Administrative), chinese (Economy), and Indian (Agriculuture). We however, instead of taking up knives and carving open bodies of our neighbours lived in unity. We managed to break away from this stigma, and today we have Malaysia. We managed to mature and saw through the British scheme. No doubt ingeneous, but on the African continent people just don't see the bigger picture but only revenge and blood.

30-01-2006, 09:04 AM
^^ That got me confused as to the reason Singapore broke off from Malaysia. It seems that the root cause is because the British are using the said tactic you mentioned, aurora97.

CS Chua
30-01-2006, 10:11 AM
In my book, it is the Spanish who are the worst colonizers. Their "historical records" can be found in the Latin American countries and also Philippines. They left behind an ideology so embeded in succeeding governments that is so selfish and destructive to the country, "Plunder what you can for yourself and leave nothing to the rakyat." We in Malaysia are more fortunate as it is "Plunder what you can for yourself but leave something for the rakyat." It is this "something" that differentiate one country from another. Some leave more behind than others.

Unfortunately in Africa, it is a "take all you can" mentality. Until and unless Africa change from within, no amount of international aids will ever help them.