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5.4 million people have died in Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998 because of conflict, report says

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:235
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    As years of violence hopefully come to an end with the signing of a new peace agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a survey of mortality estimates that the ongoing humanitarian crisis has claimed some 5.4 million lives since 1998.

    According to figures released last week by the International Rescue Committee, the legacy of conflict continues to result in as many as 45 000 deaths every month.

    “The conflict and its aftermath, in terms of fatalities, surpass any other since the second world war,” said the relief agency’s president, George Rupp.

    “Congo’s loss is equivalent to the entire population of Denmark or the …

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