Tell News Media to Give Airtime to Humanitarian Crisis in the Congo

Target: Major news outlets

Goal: Bring attention to the war and unparalleled violence occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is dire to say the least. Regardless, it has garnered no media attention. The violence and destruction are extensive, lasting for twelve excruciating years. A humanitarian crisis of this magnitude would usually be plastered across news stations and front pages around the planet. But for some reason it continues to be ignored.

The war began between militia groups who fought (and continue fighting) for access and control over the DRC’s resources. These natural resources are exported to Europe, the United States, Asia and Canada, and control would prove to be highly lucrative. These militant groups use horrifying violence to establish power. The United Nations has named the DRC the “rape capital of the world” due to the widespread use of rape as a war weapon in the area.

According to an article by Vava Tampa, founder of Save the Congo, to date the wars in the Congo have killed the same number of people as a September 11th attack every day for nearly a year, the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia during the 1990’s, the genocide in Darfur, the 2004 tsunami in Asia, and bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Combine the number of people killed in during all of these tragedies, and double that number. This is the quantity of people who have fallen during the war in the DRC.

It is astonishing then, that major news stations and the media still choose to ignore this devastating crisis. There ought to be a movement of universal, global outrage and protest against this situation. Newspapers and news channels ought to be showing the truth behind this war—the families it is tearing apart and displacing, the people lost to its violence, and the corrupt nature of governments and officials involved.

Sign below to call on CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC news networks to give this war the airtime it deserves, and respected newspapers such as the New York Times to publish stories about the overwhelming violence, death and suffering occurring in this war-torn nation. Do not let this torment, rape and murder go on undetected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Major news outlets,

There is ample news coverage of the various crises in places like Gaza and Syria. But over the past twelve years, an unimaginable humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A civil war over access and control over the DRC’s natural resources has caused more deaths and casualties than the attacks on 9/11, the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, the tsunami in Asia and the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. So it begs the question, why on earth is the violence and human suffering in the DRC going on unnoticed?

In somewhere called the “rape capital of the world,” where rape is used as a go-to weapon of war, one would think that abundant news and media coverage would garner enough outrage from the international community to make a difference—to affect change by pressuring the governments to do something to act after 12 long years of fighting and carnage.

Something drastic must be done. The situation in the Congo cannot continue, and the news media must translate what is going on in the DRC to the global audience. It is your responsibility to report the truth.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Photo credit: Lionel Healing/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images

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