Saturday, May 13, 2006

Oxfam Criticises International Response to Congo

Oxfam has criticised donor nations for failing to deliver on the promises they had made to ease the humanitarian crisis in DR Congo. Singled out for particular criticism include the US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. According to Oxfam, more than 100,000 people have died since a relief fund was launched in February. So far, only $94 million has been raised out of a target of $682 million.

The situation in the Congo is particularly dire. Western governments have failed to tackle this problem over many years now. The death toll is frightening (some 3.3 million between 1998 and 2002 alone) and yet little is done to ease the situation. UK companies have been supplying arms to DR Congo for many years, despite arms embargos being in place. The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a stain on the conscience of people everywhere.

For more information on the situation in DR Congo, try reading this: Genius of Insanity,