More than 31,000 people die each month as a result of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said on Thursday on releasing the results of a nationwide mortality survey. “Eighteen months after the signing of a formal peace agreement, people in DR Congo continue to die at a rate that is one-third higher than the average rate for sub-Saharan Africa,” IRC said. The IRC survey, covering January 2003 to April 2004, measured mortality among nearly 58 million people, representing at least 90 percent of the Congolese population. IRC said an estimated five million people were inaccessible due to security problems. Full Story
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