The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the greatest humanitarian crises in the world today. Nearly 6 million people have died since 1996 in an ongoing conflict, half of them children 5 yrs old or younger. Hundreds of thousands of women have been raped. The violence is a result of the scramble for Congo's wealth. The United Nations said it is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two. However, hardly anything is said about it in the media. 45,000 people are dying each month and no one seems to know or care.
CWS supported the first ‘Break the Silence’ Congo week in October 2008. This international campaign held events in over 100 countries to raise awareness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo.
For more information see: Congo Week