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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Core of Darkness

posted by on August 31 at 12:15 PM

When will Conrad’s echo (curse) end?

Mystery DR Congo fever kills 60

More than 60 people have died because of a fever epidemic in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, health officials say.

Many of the victims are people who have been in contact with the deceased, including medical staff, and who lack equipment to deal with the illness.

The latest victim was a nurse at a local hospital. She died on Thursday after taking care of infected patients.

The bird flu happens everyday in Africa.

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With a name like "Doctor Congo Fever", it was really just a matter of time before he went insane and killed a bunch of people.

Posted by eclexia | August 31, 2007 12:31 PM

The horror...

Posted by The horror... | August 31, 2007 12:50 PM

Obligatory Conrad references aside, in the DRC it's much worse than a bird flu every day. It's more like the Twin Towers coming down 2 times a week. We lose 1200 people per day in the eastern Congo, mostly from preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea.

For the moment, though, we're much less worried about new epidemics than about the 10,000 people who fled new fighting yesterday. The horror, the horror.

Posted by Texas in Africa | August 31, 2007 12:54 PM

Speaking of African "epidemics"...

As far as we know, AIDS started in Africa from one of these possible monkey-to-human infection fantasies.

1. Children playing with dead monkeys
2. Eating undercooked monkeys (yum!)
3. People having sex with monkeys (rrrowwrr!).

Then, somehow, the "infection" made it to a handful of men in Los Angeles in 1980...OR a Canadian airline steward, or both, or whatever (it doesn't really matter as long as you have faith).

The moral to this story is that only Bono can save Africa from itself by poisoning Africans.

Posted by BallardDan | August 31, 2007 12:54 PM

@4 - what the hell are you talking about?

Posted by Levislade | August 31, 2007 1:15 PM

I don't think anyone's unaware that Africa's a fucking slaughterhouse, Charles. If you've really got such a bug up your butt about it why don't you put down the bong, wean yourself off the red wine, go over there and do something about it? Or stay here and do something about it -- whatever. Just stop moping around a city that's as far from Africa as it's possible to get and still be on the planet, smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish, writing fucking movie reviews (could you possibly have come up with a way of making money that would be less likely to improve things in Africa?) and pissing and moaning about how nobody else seems to care how bad things are in fucking Africa. Jesus fuck.

I don't give a shit about Africa because it's got less to do with me than a million other things that need my attention. What's your excuse?

Posted by Judah | August 31, 2007 1:18 PM


I ask the same thing when the HIV/AIDS fantasy is peddled as reality.

Posted by BallardDan | August 31, 2007 1:18 PM

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