On January 22, 2008, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) reported that "the Democratic Republic of Congo's 1998-2003 war and its aftermath had caused more deaths than any other conflict since World War Two," and that "war, disease and malnutrition are killing 45,000 Congolese every month in a conflict-driven humanitarian crisis." And, they said that there had been no change in the war-driven casualty rate since 2004. The IRC's statement is both bleak and oblique. Oblique, as in the second definition in Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary:
"2 a : not straightforward : indirect; also : obscure b : devious, underhanded"
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