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The Congo: Looking tragedy in the face

A powerful new play questions whether our well-meaning desire to help war-torn nations is futile

By Sameer Rahim  

©Marc Brenner

The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the worst you’ve never heard about. During the civil war that still rumbles in the east of the country, 5.4m lives have been lost. Today the government and rival militias fight over control of valuable mineral resources. The scale is almost unimaginable—so why do we hear so little about it? And even if we do force ourselves to look, what can we in the west actually do?

These are the difficult questions posed in Adam Brace’s…

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