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The escalating crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to worsen by the minute.

\”UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has meanwhile warned that the conflict could engulf the wider region.\”

No doubt capitalizing on the recent media saturation allocated the US presidential election, Laurent Nkunda\’s rebel forces have initiated further offensives in a bid to undermine the Angolan backed regime in Goma. The end result is hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees with no safe haven in that region, and the very real prospect of renewed genocide as Rwanda fails to heed diplomatic calls to curtail its support for Nkunda\’s paramilitary thugs.

In humanitarian terms the prognosis is dire.

In economic terms, European Union member states risk unsustainable financial burden on recession fatigued resources as a new wave of beleaguered refugees understandably battle for asylum. And survival.

#dispatches

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