Suffering in Silence : 5 Most Under-reported Humanitarian Crises of 2018
Feb 22, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Number 3: Madagascar
Madagascar is on the front line of climate change. The 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.
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.
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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