Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Top ten humanitarian crises of 2009

MSF has come out with its annual report on the ten worst humanitarian crises for the year:


1. Violence against civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

2. Violence, civilians cut off from aid in Afghanistan
3. Violence and lack of access to health care in Somalia
4. Violence, lack of aid in northern Yemen
5. Violence, disease, lack of health care in southern Sudan, Darfur
6. Inadequate funding for treatment of childhood malnutrition
7. Civilians trapped in war-torn Sri Lanka
8. Stagnated funding for treatment of AIDS/HIV
9. Violence, civilian neglect in Pakistan
10. Lack of research, treatment of neglected diseases kala azar, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Buruli ulcer.

You can read all about at the website, and I recommend you check out the photos too. I must say, that the move to a list of the ten worst crises away from the old list of the ten forgotten crises doesn't hold the same impact for me. There's no denying that the situations they've listed are terrible, but anyone who reads the news, or alertnet or reliefweb will know about these things. There are many other crises that never (or to be fair, rarely) see media attention.

Peter over at The Road to the Horizon talks about this more, and I'll be checking back to see what comes of his suggestion of "2009 Humanity's Shame Top 10."

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