What’s happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been suffering a long, bloody and poorly reported war.

You can learn more about the DRC here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/guides/456900/456977/html/default.stm

and here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Amnesty International have more information about the conflict and some of the ongoing problems here (do not click if you are easily upset):

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=581

More recently, some seeds of hope have been apparent, showing that even in the most desperate of circumstances, humanity can prevail:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7637282.stm

In late October 2008, a detereoration in the situation lead to more suffering and pushed some of the world’s dominant governments to intervene in the hope of finding a diplomatic solution:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7701269.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7696139.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7704237.stm

As the tensions continue, government troops have been accused of targeting civilians and looting:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7722069.stm

Investigate the conflict and make your own mind up.

Whilst many have endured great suffering and hardship, it is clear that some Congolese are benfitting from the opportunities that exist in DR Congo, as shown in this report from May 2009:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8027367.stm

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