"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

3.24.2007

congo watch: the cost of chaos

The cost of the violence in Kinshasa this week was high. Reports from aid workers suggest that more than 150 people died, with the BBC's reporter saying that he's still seeing bodies in the streets. At least 80 people are "severely injured" and being treated in hospitals.

What's particularly sad about this is that it was apparently unnecessary. Negotiations between Bemba and Kabila were apparently going on - and progressing - at the time the violence started.

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