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
October 15, 2008
Reporting from the battlegrounds of eastern Congo
Worldfocus correspondent Michael Kavanagh reports from inside Congo's North Kivu region, where violence and attacks continue to displace people.