"We have reached a new depth of misery in Congo's conflict when massacres go virtually unnoticed," said Oxfam's Associate Country Director Elodie Martel. "Vast swathes of the east have descended into chaos with no government or security presence. People have been abandoned to killing, rape, looting and extortion. They are fleeing for their lives and very little is being done to help." This is the renewed and more extreme violence in eastern Congo.
More than 500,000 people have fled their homes in the past months.
Photo by Marie Cacace/Oxfam
This article in the Huffington Post gives some information about the crisis.
This is a statement from Ban Ki Moon.
At One Million Bones and Students Rebuild we have worked with many, many thousands of people over the past months, all of whom have indicated that they believe we have a responsibility TO HELP in crises like this. Each person has made a bone as a symbol of her or his conviction that we have an obligation TO HELP in crises like these. Where are our political leaders?
Shall we challenge our members of Congress to make a bone and think about the crisis the way we have been in classrooms and communities across the country?
The funds that are being donated to CARE through the Students Rebuild challenge are being directed for services on the ground in Goma, which is squarely in the center of this area. They'll need help more than ever.