To paraphrase jandsm, “beyond the periphery of world news,” in “events hidden in the back of newspapers” — behind reams of paper and millions of trees ill-spent on a murderous fertilizer salesman — there is this, and it is of course a top story in The Guardian:
The humanitarian crisis in north-east Congo’s embattled and lawless district of Ituri has replaced Sudan’s Darfur region as the worst in the world, UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said yesterday, launching the report on abuses allegedly committed by the Forces of Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI). He said the fighting is killing thousands every month. …
Those of us who’ve followed the crisis in DR Congo knew this was worse than Sudan, as bad as that is. What will it take to get the world’s — or more specifically, Bush’s — attention? In the case of Sudan:
And, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment by Jesse Jackson, Jr. to restore another $150 million in emergency food aid for Sudan that appropriators also had cut.
More from The Guardian:
Monuc is resolved to “proceed with actions against the armed groups . …”
The head of Monuc, William Swing, is due to fly to New York along with Gen Cammaert, and will brief the UN security council on the DRC situation on Wednesday March 23. The next day, he is scheduled to address the US congress and hold talks with several US officials.
What became of the mother who watched her two little girls boiled and eaten?
She gave her account in February, but the UN waited to publish it until after her death, for fear she would become a target for reprisal.
These are just snippets of a story larger than any of us can imagine.
Please share what YOU know. And I hope we will also discuss how WE HERE can help make something happen in DR Congo, and in Sudan.