Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Hidden Toll of War

One of the reasons why the war in the Congo gets so little media attention is that most of the suffering and dying occurs off-camera, among the civilians displaced by the war, rather than in the battles themselves. That toll is phenomenal, as the IRC has regularly reminded us, but it is also hard to cover for journalists looking for a dramatic story.

That's why this piece by Reuters writer Joe Bavier deserves special commendation. He's found a way of talking about the story, of giving names and places and dates, to a story that otherwise seems anonymous and remote.

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