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Congo’s Silent Genocide

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is going through a humanitarian crisis that has not ended since 1996 and is ongoing today. Rebel groups from Rwanda have seized the land and robbed it of minerals that are essential for Western Green economy. With over 6 million people killed and other millions displaced, Congo has not felt the existence of peace for many years. 

 

Wealth speaking government officials can collaborate with rebel leaders and international western businesses to perpetuate the illicit trading and selling and accumulation of raw material. These ungoverned spaces are naturally endowed with raw minerals and the warlords who have risen to power during the Congolese Civil War and the remanance of the Rawanda Genocide have unfeted access to these raw minerals mainly Colton, Cobalt, Uranium. These groups come to the land and mine the minerals to the commodity market for their own benefits. This market is booming as of right now because of the Western Green Economy. The United States and many other first world countries are transitioning to green so they are looking for these resources; these resources equal power. 

 

The President of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has left the people with false hope promising progress of fixing the violence, abuse, corruption, and impunity that has been in the country for decades, but nothing has been done to help. There are over 120 armed groups that are currently active in Congo’s Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivi and Tanganyika provinces that have wrongfully committed massacres on innocent civilians. There is an estimate of millions dead through these murders or from the poor living conditions. Those who are nor subject to violence must contend with poverty, famine, and disease. International countries have contributed their support for political and diplomatic efforts to end the war consistently, but very few steps have been taken. It is left unknown if there is any likelihood of improvements for Congo in the future. 

 

  

 

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Megi Spaho is a senior at Watertown highschool. She is involved in the National Honors Society, World Language Honors Society, and Math Honors Society. She prioritizes her school academics and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is a teacher’s assistant at a daycare and enjoys working with children to improve their learning skills. She is a first-time writer for the school newspaper. She tends to use her free-time to read all types of books or have movie nights. 

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