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    Cholera outbreak

    Post by Mr007 on Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:31 pm



    Although there was all-party backing for the UK clampdown on vulture funds, the law does not apply in overseas territories and crown dependencies such as Jersey.

    And last year Mr Grossman sued successfully for $100m in the Jersey courts over a DR Congo debt.

    DR Congo is still suffering from the effects of a five-year war which claimed an estimated three million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition.

    Although the war officially ended in 2003, conflict is still a major problem in eastern regions. Poverty is widespread and the country is currently facing a cholera epidemic.

    The UN children's fund Unicef told the BBC's Newsnight that, with millions of people in Congo still without safe water supplies and cholera outbreaks sweeping the country, $100m spent on clean water could save the lives of 200,000 children.

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