The civil war killed about 65,000 people. Estimating the average life-years lost as about 30 per person gives a total of 2 million life-years. In addition, maybe 300,000 people have been affected to an extent of 2 life-years by loss of relatives, homes, or health, adding 0.6 million life-years lost. The whole population of 20 million may have been affected to an extent of 3 life-months by losses related to the civil war, adding another 5 million life-years lost.
Human News aims to devote 1 character to each 40,000 life-years, or 1000 average lives. Thus, the number of characters could be 7.6 million life-years / 40,000 life-years/character = 190 characters.