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By Reuters News

* Aid work more dangerous than U.N. peacekeeping

* Locals most at risk

* Somalia, Afghanistan and Sudan drive rising trend

Soaring violence in Somalia and Afghanistan helped make 2008 the most dangerous year on record for aid workers, with 122 killed while carrying out their work, a report showed on Monday.

Aid work is now more risky than U.N. peacekeeping as attacks become increasingly politically motivated in some countries, researchers said.


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In search of Zawadi
By Mike Thomson
BBC News, Today programme

Although Zawadi Mongane’s horrific story shocked me – and later much of the world – it is not an unusual story for this part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (more…)

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Report: Congo’s War and Aftermath Have Killed 5.4 Million

JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 22 — Death rates in Congo remain far higher than elsewhere in Africa despite years of relative peace and elections that were designed to bring stability to the beleaguered nation, according to a report released Tuesday by the International Rescue Committee. (more…)

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Congo conflict causes 45,000 deaths a month
The Guardian (UK)

The effects of a decade of fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo is continuing to kill about 45,000 people each month – half of them small children – in the deadliest conflict since the second world war, according to a new survey. (more…)

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10 humanitarian crises forgotten (but not gone)

If doctors edited newspapers… The frontline physicians at Médecins Sans Frontières have chosen the 10 humanitarian crises that should have been given more coverage in 2007. (more…)

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