Regress, War and Fragile Recovery: The Case of the DRCongo

  • Stefaan Marysse


Africa is experiencing its first international war. The direct and indirect death toll from the start of this media-silent conflict in August 1998 up to the end of 2001 is estimated at 2.5 million, which is over a third the number of holocaust victims and almost one-tenth of all Soviet casualties incurred during Second World War (International Rescue Committee, 2001:1). At least, this is the headcount by the IRC and the Kabila government. Other sources believe the death toll to be even higher. Some estimate it at 73,000 a month, which would bring the total number of fatalities to over 3.5 million (Blaire Harden, 2001, 36).1


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