The Congo Today

Conflict in the Congo

The current conflict in the Congo is a result of various complex factors, including the residual instability from colonial involvement in the region, resource exploitation by neighboring countries, and repeated uprisings by militant groups with shifting alliances who clash with government powers and one another. Since 1996, violence in the Congo has led to approximately 6 million deaths, and the United Nations reports that about 6.9 million people have been displaced as fighting continues to intensify.

To learn more about the current conflicts in the Congo, refer to these resources:

Human Rights Watch

World Bank

US State Department

Amnesty International

United Nations

Al Jazeera country profile

La Semaine Africaine (French newspaper from Brazzaville)

BBC country profile

Reporters without Borders country profile

Doctors without Borders country profile

International Committee of the Red Cross