Congo Crisis: “One Tsunami Every Six Months”

ALERTNET: “Eastern Congo is suffering the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis, with a death toll outstripping that in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

U.N. emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland said that over the last six years the toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s amounted to “one tsunami every six months” — a reference to the December disaster which left about 300,000 people dead or missing in Asia.

“In terms of the human lives lost … this is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today and it is beyond belief that the world is not paying more attention,” he told a news conference.”