Counting the human costs of conflict
Calculating the death toll from the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Conflict once again rages in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A figure often quoted is that 5.4 million people have died from the war there since 1998, making it the deadliest crisis since the Second World War. Nature News spoke to Richard Brennan, health director of the International Rescue Committee, a relief charity with its headquarters in New York. Brennan is one of the researchers behind the survey that produced this number.
When we say 5.4 million, is that people who have died in fighting?
The vast majority of deaths are not from violent injury. The vast majority of deaths, over 90%, are due to common infectious diseases, malnutrition; the fact people don’t have access to health care, and so on.
Dal 1998 sono morte nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo circa 5.400.000 persone. Oltre il 90% delle vittime sono dovute a infezioni e malnutrizione e al fatto che le persone non hanno accesso alle cure mediche.