Suffering in silence: The 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017

The year 2017 was marked by scores of humanitarian crises: armed conflicts, natural disasters, climate shocks, hunger, displacement. While most of these crises made the headlines, there are others which barely made the news. And when crises are underreported, they are often consequently underfunded. Public awareness and funding for humanitarian causes are closely intertwined.

This report looks objectively at news coverage as a means to show how much – or little – of the world’s attention was focused on humanitarian crises in 2017. CARE produced this report to highlight those crises that, though large, have gotten so little attention. The report is a call for the global community to help and to advocate for people in crises who are otherwise forgotten.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: January 2018

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