March 5, 2009

Hell On Earth

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), fighting continues among various rebel armies, tribes, the Congolese army and U.N. forces. ... Once more, caught in all of this are the local civilians, terrorized by fleeing and advancing troops of all kinds.

Also, this earlier set of pictures from The Big Picture from November 2008 -  Congo's crisis worsen

The most beautiful place on earth + so rich in minerals and precious metals -- and not to forget the threat to the endangered gorillas! And how humans have made it "hell on earth"!

See this report yesterday for details on a documentary on "the economic battle being waged between multinational companies from Asia and North America for its vast natural resources." (Also this recent article about China's business ventures in Congo.)

Also, a new play Ruined, now at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club.  which deals with the sexual violence in the Congo war.

PLUG for:
Dian Fossey posing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, 1970.  (AP photo)Saving Gorillas - The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their habitats in Africa through anti-poaching, regular monitoring, research, education and support of local communities, DFGFI uniquely continues to promote the ideals and vision of Dr. Dian Fossey.

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