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Suffering in Silence : 5 Most Under-reported Humanitarian Crises of 2018

When a major natural disaster or conflict breaks out, it usually grabs the world's attention. While these large scale emergencies might dominate the headlines, there are many others happening around the world which barely make the news.

Here is our list of the five most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2018 according to our Suffering In Silence report:

Philippines by Jiff Ang/AADC/CARE

Number 5: Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines in 2018 and was considered the strongest tropical cyclone the world faced that year. Over a million people were displaced, infrastructure and agricultural crops were damaged and thousands of houses were destroyed.

Over 3.8 million people were affected, 82 people were killed and over 130 injured.

DR Congo by Jake Lyell/CARE

Number 4: Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 8.5 million people are at risk due to the persistence of cholera and a renewed outbreak of the Ebola virus in the eastern part of the country. By the end of 2018, about 500 people had contracted the virus, of whom over 280 died.

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	<strong>Madagascar: Cone trees against the forces of nature</strong></p>
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	Despite having leprosy, Josiane Ramaroson is a pioneer in adapting to climate change. With her strong will, hard work and hundreds of cone trees, she can face any weather event. Her success story began with a training in tree breeding and planting, organized by CARE. Then she founded her own tree nursery in 2008 to reforest the northern coastal regions which now protects villages from strong winds and flooding. Thousands of trees now provide shelter to villages along the coast in such an efficient way that the last cyclone in early 2017 did not destroy a single habitation. &ldquo;I am working hard so that my daughters never miss a day at school and can take care of me when I am old.&rdquo; Photo: laif core/Rijasolo</p>

Number 3: Madagascar

Madagascar is on the front line of climate changeThe number of people at risk of hunger has increased to 1.3 million in southern regions, due to weather conditions that kept cereal production below average in 2018, while record high prices earlier in the year limited food availability.

Ethiopia - Josh Estey/CARE

Number 2: Ethiopia

Ethiopia continues to face an ongoing food crisis. Some 8 million people urgently require food assistance, mostly in the southern part of the country, while 9.5 million people are in need of other types of assistance, such as education or shelter.

Haiti - Stéphania Musset/CARE

Number 1: Haiti

While the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti made global headlines, the food crisis in 2018 has barely been covered. With more than half of its population continually facing the threat of hunger and 22% of children chronically malnourished.

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