Suffering in Silence: The 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2019

In 2019, over 51 million people suffered in 10 crises away from the public eye. Although for the average person on earth, life is better today than ever before, around 160 million people will require billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance to survive.

Each year, CARE releases its Suffering in Silence report on the 10 most under-reported emergencies taking place around the world. Here are some of these crises:

Village close to Funhalouro district, in the southeast of Mozambique. CARE is distributing drought-resistant seeds, which include sorghum, cowpea, ground nuts, pineapple seedlings, maize and millet, including tools such as a hoe, an axe and a machete to more than 47,000 small scale farmers.


Madagascar ranks among the poorest countries in the world, with three-quarters of its population living on less than US$1.90 per day. It is one of the countries most affected by climate change because it is so vulnerable to natural disasters, such as recurring cyclones, chronic droughts and pests. The country is also extremely dependent on farming and natural resources, which are affected tremendously by these extreme weather events.

At the end of 2019, more than 2.6 million people in Madagascar were affected by the impacts of drought, and more than 916,000 people were in immediate need of food assistance.

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