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"Don't write off the Congo," says chief US Africa policymaker

Published on : 18 February 2013 - 8:00am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: Habibou Bangre/AFP)
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Despite headlines regularly highlighting conflict and crushing poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, says there is reason to believe conditions in that strategic country can improve.

By Nolu Crockett-Ntonga as published by our partner allAfrica

"In the past five decades, DRC has been a poster child for all that afflicts Africa - military coups, rampant corruption, runaway inflation, health pandemics, conflict minerals and poor governance," Carson said during a speech at the Brookings Institution.

"The international community has a moral imperative to act more effectively in the DRC, to break this cycle of death and suffering and to address the other consequences of this violence: the unmitigated rape and sexual violence against women and children, the nearly two million internally displaced people, the approximately 450,000 Congolese refugees who have been forced to flee to neighboring countries," he said.

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More than five million people have died as a result of continuing violence over the past 15 years.

Carson delivered prepared remarks and answered questions from the moderator, Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O'Hanlon and from the audience of several hundred. He said DRC has a strong constituency among Americans, Africans and the broader international community that want the DRC to reach its true potential and surmount the plague of unrealized economic potential.

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