How we fuel Africa’s bloodiest war

How We Fuel Africa’s Bloodiest War

“The deadliest war since Adolf Hitler marched across Europe is starting again – and you are almost certainly carrying a blood-soaked chunk of the slaughter in your pocket. When we glance at the holocaust in Congo, with 5.4 million dead, the clichés of Africa reporting tumble out: this is a “tribal conflict” in “the Heart of Darkness”. It isn’t. The United Nations investigation found it was a war led by “armies of business” to seize the metals that make our 21st-century society zing and bling. The war in Congo is a war about you.

Every day I think about the people I met in the war zones of eastern Congo when I reported from there. The wards were filled with women who had been gang-raped by the militias and shot in the vagina. The battalions of child soldiers – drugged, dazed 13-year-olds who had been made to kill members of their own families so they couldn’t try to escape and go home….” 

2 Responses to “How we fuel Africa’s bloodiest war”

  1. Amy Jussel Says:

    Deesha, the comments below the article in the independent are worthy as well—I’m going to post this on Michealene’s FB page. Meanwhile, want to introduce you to my friend Betsy (a writer/husband’s a photojournalist, she’s awesome) at http://www.HandUpCongo.org she’s doing some incredible work there…

  2. deesha Says:

    Thanks, Amy!

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