The Kivu conflict in the eastern Congo—When bad people fight bad people for the wrong reasons and innocent people die

April 5, 2013

Árni Már Þrastarson

The civil war in the Democratic Repoublic of Congo, unofficially ongoing since 1996, has been the deadliest conflict in the world since WWII. In the mineral rich, yet poverty stricken country, millions of people live in constant fear of onslaught from militia groups and rebel armies, funded by foreign governments and conflict minerals. Rape and murder of innocent people are used as systematic weapons in ethnic, political and greedy conflicts with seemingly no end in sight. In a talk shorter than my previous talk on Icelandic handball I will introduce the major players in this terrible conflict, try to explain its historical background, and talk about very recent developments that could promise worldwide consequences.