Where is the silver lining?

60,000,000. 60,000,000 just look at all those zeros, that’s a huge number that could represent a number of things like how much money the lottery is going for, how much a celebrity is estimated to be worth, or the exaggerated amount of times a girl changes her outfit before going out. This 60,000,000 that I am talking about has nothing to do with things that don’t really matter. This 60,000,000 has to do with something that does matter, lives. Specifically this number is about the amount of people who lost their lives during World War II in 1939. 60,000,000 is 3,000 times the size of James Madison University!

According to the D.R. Congo Backgrounder, the consecutive civil wars between 1996 and 2003 have taken an estimated 5,000,000 lives, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. World War II effected numerous regions and countries that resulted in the loss of so many lives but this 5,000,000 is just in one region and one country. When the 1994 Rwanda genocide ended genocidaries fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which took conflict across borders. Rwanda and Uganda followed the genocidaries over to Democratic Republic of Congo and eventually led to overthrowing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, and let Laurant Desire Kabila declare himself president in 2007.

Not being able to avoid more conflict Kabila declared war on allies Rwanda and Uganda but luckily that ended 13 years ago in 2002. Even though conflicts that caused war supposedly ended 13 years ago, and peace agreements have been made, Democratic Republic of Congo still has a lot of violence that takes the form of mass killings, rapes, torture. The violence has led to over 2, 000,000 displaced people and 48 women per hour are victims of rape making that about 1,000 per day, according to the American Journal of Public Health and that report was in 2011! Things haven’t gotten much better so imagine was that number may be now. All this crazy violence is partly over minerals! The mined minerals buy weapons and ammunition that lead to more violence; it’s a never-ending circle.

Kerry

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