The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died, mostly from preventable disease and starvation, in this decade-long war. In the last year alone, more than a million people have fled the fighting in eastern Congo.
Worldfocus correspondent Michael J. Kavanagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting traveled to eastern Congo as fighting intensified in the fall of 2008 and winter of 2009.
The staggering statistics of death and displacement in the region sometimes overshadow the personal stories of human suffering. Michael reports on the humanitarian crisis and the epidemic of rape by telling the stories of two families caught up in the war. Pascal and Vestine flee from refugee camp to refugee camp, and Georgina and André explain how her rape tore apart their 33-year marriage.
The "Crisis in Congo" videos produced by Marc Rosenwasser, Michael J. Kavanagh, Taylor Krauss and Lisa Biagiotti won the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in the international television category.
"Crisis in Congo" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, web original videos, an online radio show and Q&A, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.
In the Newsroom
March 26, 2009
War still rages on in corners of eastern Congo
Correspondent Michael J. Kavanagh returned to eastern Congo last month to try to understand the conflicting news coming out of the region. He reports on what he saw in Congo's most remote areas: Victims of attempted massacres and kidnappings, sex slaves and torture victims.
January 23, 2009
Congolese rebel leader is arrested in Rwanda
Congolese rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda has been arrested in Rwanda, a country that had been accused of supporting him. A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses why Nkunda has lost the support of Rwanda's leaders.
January 21, 2009
Thousands of Rwandan troops enter DR Congo
The Congolese government has allowed at least 2,000 Rwandan troops into the Democratic Republic of Congo, though the two countries have a history of tense relations. The increased military presence has led to fears of more violence.
January 6, 2009
Angola closes Congo border as Ebola spreads
An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has put neighboring countries on alert. The highly infectious disease, for which there is no known cure, kills approximately 80 percent of those infected.
January 2, 2009
Congolese president vows to stop violence
Joseph Donnelly of Caritas Internationalis explains last week's massacre of hundreds of Congolese by Ugandan rebels in northern Congo.
December 19, 2008
African nations unite against Ugandan rebel group
Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo mounted a joint offensive against Uganda’s anti-government Lord's Resistance Army this week. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that broader efforts to combat the violence are needed.
December 16, 2008
Rape as a weapon of war in DR Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, war has raged for more than a decade. The United Nations estimates that 200,000 women and children have been raped in that time, some victims as young as three years old.
Web Original Video
December 16, 2008
Rehabilitating rape victims and families in Congo
Michael J. Kavanagh and Taylor Krauss reported on the crisis in eastern Congo for Worldfocus and highlight efforts to rehabilitate rape victims and their families in eastern Congo, presenting a short video about the ventures of one counseling organization.
December 16, 2008
Online radio show on DR Congo: Listen now
Worldfocus.org and anchor Martin Savidge host a webcast discussion on roots of the conflict and prospects for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a panel of guests.
December 3, 2008
War in DR Congo: The story of Pascal and Vestine
In the last year alone, more than a million people have fled the fighting in eastern Congo. Worldfocus correspondent Michael Kavanagh tells one family's story.