Caritas launches emergency appeal to help 90,000 displaced by Congolese fighting (CNA)

Kinshasa, Oct 3, 2008 / 12:52 am (CNA).- The Catholic charity Caritas has launched an emergency appeal to help 90,000 people who have fled their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Renewed fighting in North and South Kivu has displaced more than 100,000 people since the end of August.

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Over the past 10 years some five and a half million, 5 500 000, people have died in the Congo from war related causes. Many more than have died in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Holy Land, Rwanda and Bosnia combined. Most of these deaths are from malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition and other preventable diseases which the disruption caused by conflict render fatal. The Congolese certainly need our prayers and our money.

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