Read a joint statement by ten human rights and humanitarian agencies, including Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and ENOUGH Project:

DR Congo: Civilians Under Attack Need Urgent ProtectionEU and Other UN Member States Should Send More Peacekeepers

“A quarter of a million people have been forced to flee their homes since late August 2008 as a result of intense fighting between the forces of rebel general Laurent Nkunda and Congolese army soldiers and their allied militia. People have dispersed over a vast, inhospitable area without access to shelter, water, food, and medicines. The fighting has severely hampered the ability of aid agencies to reach those in need. With renewed fighting in the last two days, many more have been forced to run again in search of safety.
‘The world cannot look away again as thousands suffer in eastern Congo. The people of Congo deserve more,’ said Juliette Prodhan, head of Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘We have had fine words and important meetings but these must now be put into action by providing additional troops to safeguard the people. We need more urgency, more action and more commitment.’

Also watch John Prendergast of the ENOUGH Project discuss the crisis in eastern Congo, the use of rape as a weapon and the pressing need for negotiations:

Congo’s women mutilated, children sent into battle

Listen to ENOUGH Field Researcher Rebecca Feeley talk to Voice of America News about the situation.

And watch Daniel Kuhn of UN Watch talk about the UN’s failure in the Congo at the UN Human Rights Council back in June:

“Why did the UN Human Rights Council drop the country mandate for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflict over the last eight years has led to four million deaths?”

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