Condition: Critical: Children of the Democratic Republic of Congo Speak

Susannah Breslin is a guestblogger on Boing Boing. She is a freelance journalist who blogs at Reverse Cowgirl and is at work on a novel set in the adult movie industry.

Condition: Critical is an amazing website that focuses on those affected by the ongoing war in eastern Congo. The site was created by Médecins Sans Frontières, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization that works in 60 countries around the world to combat the tragic consequences of war, violence, and famine.

Condition: Critical turns the spotlight on war-torn North and South Kivu with videos, photos, and first-person testimonies from the men, women, children, and medical relief workers who are experiencing what is happening there firsthand.

Life isn't just hard in eastern Congo: this region is in critical condition. And things aren't getting any better. The destiny of everyone in this region is shaped by war and violence. The story of their struggle to survive needs to be told.

(Jeffrey Gettleman has been doing a remarkable job of chronicling the war for The New York Times. He reported on the use of rape as a war tactic in the DRC here and here.)

A new video series on Condition: Critical brings to life the tragedies being inflicted upon the region's children. In "Survive," "Express," and "Fight," we hear from children who are struggling to survive the conflict around them.

If you'd like to donate to MSF, you can do so here. The MSF YouTube channel is here.

Condition: Critical.


  1. Sadly, this is just one of many holocausts that will be continued to be ignored because it can’t be used as a weapon in our local, parochial politics. If you can’t use it to bash Jews or Yanks, no one wants to hear about it.

    A few years back a bunch of the Twa (we’d call them “Pygmies”) somehow managed to make it to New York to complain to the UN about their upcoming, violent extinction. They just got blank stares and a few questions about “..but what does this have to do with the Palestinians?”

    I would be pleasantly surprised if the thread here was devoid of comments about how criticism of the behaviour of any Africans is racist and a prelude to an invasion next week.

    Begin sarcasm:
    Because, as we all know, there is nothing in between sitting around on our fat assess going “Tut, tut!” and a full-blown military invasion and occupation.
    End sarcasm:

  2. Having spent some time in the eastern congo volunteering I must say thank you for bringing attention to the area. One thing to point out is that there are some amazing local groups doing work over there.
    In particular it is worth checking out heal africa
    They do very good work and are worth supporting (no, i don’t get any kick backs)

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