DR Congo and Our Limited Attention Span...

Spike Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

So I haven’t posted for a month or so – please forgive me!

I’ve enjoyed a couple of weeks off and since my return have been pretty much immersed in helping to produce the upcoming edition of our latest magazine. It’s looking good and should be available for download next week.

While I’ve been away it’s struck me how quickly things change…

Just a week ago events in DR Congo were headline news on the BBC and ITV websites but now, if you want to find out what’s going on, you have to dig deep into the Africa pages. I wish that this was because the situation had eased – because things were getting better. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case and reports from our partners in the eastern part of the country are still talking about hundreds of thousands of displaced people fleeing the worst of the fighting. People in DR Congo are suffering atrocities that we can’t even begin to imagine.

Community groups, including local churches, are making impassioned pleas for peace (check out the BBC story for more info) but the sad reality is that we, in ‘the West’, seem to have lost interest. The news cycle has moved on and we seem to be more concerned with John Sergeant’s withdrawal from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ than we are with the plight of our Congolese brothers and sisters.

Are we really that fickle or that lacking in compassion? I hope not. So rather than just rant, let me instead urge you not to forget, not to lose interest and to find some way of responding…