The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is escalating by the minute and over two hundred and fifty thousand displaced people are without adequate basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and medical supplies. Brutal rebel attacks have intensified and innocent people, moslty women and children have nowhere to turn to. The priority is to protect these civilians and provide aid but as Amnesty reports, the situation on the ground is increasingly dire and the world needs to act with a sense of urgency:
We’re sure you have been watching with apprehension the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in eastern DRC. Amnesty is receiving reports of serious human rights abuses, including unlawful killings of civilians, rape, and the recruitment of child soliders. And we would like to ask you to take action for the DRC.
I never really know what to say about Africa. It’s such a huge hotch-potch of problems with overwhelming challenges, that sometimes, to my shame, I can’t help wondering if peace will ever come to the region. But we simply can’t give up on the people. They feel abandoned and condemned to death and can see no way out of their appalling situation. This letter, a plea from Local Organisations and Civil Society in North Kivu sums up the desperateness of their plight.
Go to the Amnesty website and send a letter to Foreign Secretary David Milliband urging him to do more.