7 Million People Displaced!
In the heart of Africa, a war has been raging for years, causing immense suffering and displacement, yet it remains largely ignored by the international community. The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been ongoing for decades, but in 2023, it continues to claim countless lives and disrupt the lives of millions. It is high time we shed light on this forgotten conflict and acknowledge our collective responsibility to address it. Humanity must do better!
The war in Congo is a complex conflict with multiple actors and underlying causes. It originated in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 when Hutu militias responsible for the genocide fled to eastern Congo, then known as Zaire. This led to a power struggle between various rebel groups, neighboring countries, and the Congolese government, all vying for control over the region’s vast mineral resources.
The Conflict’s Toll
The war in Congo has resulted in one of the deadliest humanitarian crises of our time. Millions of people have lost their lives due to direct violence, disease, and malnutrition. Women and children have been subjected to widespread sexual violence, becoming victims of rape and other forms of abuse. The conflict has also displaced over five million people, forcing them to flee their homes and live in overcrowded camps with limited access to basic necessities.
Where is the uproar? Where are the voices of the Poets & Griots? Have your pens frozen in time? “Only Humanity Can Save Humanity.” ~Maxwanette A Poetess aka Maxine A. Moncrieffe Owner/Founder/Editor-in-chief