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Walter Kansteiner III is also a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which today counts among its members Alexander Haig, Brent Scowcroft, John Deutch, Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger, and many other deep intelligence and defense insiders. ( See: OpEdNews “Deconstructing Newsweek and the Congo Gorilla Killings,” keith harmon snow and Georgianne Nienaber)

In reports on Congo, this writer has used the phrase “1,000 people a day die in Kivu Province," ad nauseum, to little effect. Let’s up the ante and use the latest numbers and say that 45,000 people die each month in Congo as the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis has failed to improve, as a report released Tuesday says. The report was conducted by the Australia's Burnet Institute, which researches epidemiological disease.

An estimated 5.4 million Congolese died between 1998 and April 2007 because of conflict, most from the rampant disease and food shortages stemming from fighting, the report said, but other studies indicate the total cost of the conflict is closer to 10 million lost souls.

In a stunning example of understatement, he current study found that life is still “alarmingly precarious” for Congolese despite the end of the 1998-2002 conflict that pulled in armies from half a dozen surrounding countries, and the country's first free and fair elections in more than four decades in 2006.

And in the meantime, truth-tellers like Maurice Kayombo remain behind bars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Radio Okapi journalist Serge Maheshe remains dead, and life barely holds on in the killing fields while we wring our hands over a few gorillas, presidential debate shennanigans, and Lindsay Lohan’s latest car wreck.

Someone should raise their hand at the debates and ask the candidates what in the heck they plan to do about Congo.

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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill (more...)

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