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Monday, April 15, 2024

Forgotten humanitarian crises in 2017

The humanitarian organization CARE has published a report on humanitarian crises that rarely make the headlines.

According to the study, entitled "Suffering in Silence", ten crises have been overlooked. These include crises in Africa (Eritrea, Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Chad), Asia (North Korea, Vietnam) and Peru.

"We all know that a single photo has the power to draw the world's attention to a problem". Laurie Lee, Acting Secretary General of CARE International.

According to UNHCR statistics, the crises in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Mali and the Lake Chad Basin alone have uprooted almost 1.3 million children, women and men, forcing them to cross international borders as refugees.

The High Commissioner for Refugees, Filipo Grandi, notes that there is a direct link between media attention and funds allocated to humanitarian aid. Despite the tragic consequences for the lives of millions of people affected by conflict and displacement, the gap between humanitarian needs and available funds persists.

"The media play an essential role in drawing public attention to forgotten and neglected crises."

"The outlook for 2018 is frankly bleak, as there is little political will to resolve conflicts and tackle the root causes that fuel them - poor governance, growing impoverishment, inequality and climate change. Political leaders must step up efforts and take responsibility for tackling forgotten crises."

The UN is seeking $22.5 billion to help nearly 91 million of the 135 million people in urgent need. Media attention can help focus public attention on these needs.