Random Factoid from “The Week”

In “The Week” magazine they print some short tidbits of info. I ripped out a page with one on it from the week of August 4. It reads as follows:

About 4 million people-half of them children under 5-have died as a result of fighting between Congo’s army and rebel militias since 1998. Every six months, the toll of Congolese who die of malnutrition, disease, or violence equals that of 2004’s deadly Indian Ocean tsunami. – The New York Times

There are 2 facts in that little blip, each of them incredible. First off 4 million people dead in 8 years. That’s 500,000 a year, 10,000 a week, 1,300 a day! That’s insane! Picture a 9/11 death toll every other day for the past 8 years.

The second fact when we add in death due to starvation or disease, the death toll equals that of the tsunami… Every 6 months! So I ask you: where is the universal outpouring of aid from America? Where is the BushClinton team? Why do we not care about this country and most of the contenent it is on?

What the fuck man?

2 thoughts on “Random Factoid from “The Week”

  1. I don’t know, but the Bush/Clinton team is coming here (philadelphia) October 5 to be presented with some kind of freedom medal. Maybe you should go and ask them why they don’t do something about this. Maybe this would be a good opportunity for the peaceful protest you were describing in an earlier post.


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