Jan Egeland, the United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, was on Charlie Rose tonight. He said that the situation in the Congo deserves the world’s attention, that it is the worst humanitarian disaster over the last 10 years, and that the “one disaster at a time” western focus on the tsunami damage will only make this worse.
In less than five years, an estimated 3.3 million people are thought to have been killed, the vast majority of them civilians.
I had no idea there was “a situation in the Congo.” Do I care about southeast Asia — and I do — because “there but for the grace of God go I,” whereas what’s happening in the Congo bears no relation to my life? Is it natural disaster vs. human disaster? I don’t know.