While the situation in Goma, Eastern Congo worsens, it is important to raise concern, among readers and among the international community.
Here is a selection of columns and research report that can enlighten about the current situation, a week after the M23 rebels took over control on the North-Kivu province, bordering Rwanda.
First, why the Congo is not taking enough space in the news and in the public debate:
Gaza grabs the headlines as Congo once more descends into chaos
- Ian Birrell
- The Observer,
"Once again, the apparently insoluble struggle between Israel and Palestine has flared up before flickering into uneasy standoff. As usual, world leaders issued fierce warnings, diplomats flew in and the media flooded the region to cover the mayhem as both sides spewed out the empty cliches of conflict. After eight days of fighting, nearly 160 people lay dead.
Meanwhile, 2,300 miles further south, events took a sharp turn for the worse in another interminable regional war. This one also involves survivors of genocide ruthlessly focused on securing their future at any cost. But the resulting conflict is far bloodier, far more brutal, far more devastating, far more destructive – yet it gains scarcely a glance from the rest of the world".
"The truth is that six times as many people have died already in the Congolese wars as died in the Rwandan genocide. Time to say never again – or does the blood of Congo not count?"
Also in the Guardian, this column by Navy Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
Column in the Monitor:
Why the UN must respond to rebels splitting DR Congo
Before rebels known as M23 split up Congo any further, the United Nations must help this giant African nation find a unifying identity. The same goes for Rwanda.
UK Aid to Rwanda
The latest on the BBC:
DR Congo conflict: M23 rebels urged to stop warhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20476677
A summit of four African heads of state has urged rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo to cease fire and stop threats to depose the government.
Latest reports in the New York Times:
Congo Slips Into Chaos Again as Rebels Gain