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

Related Publications

Not what she bargained for? Gender and the Grand Bargain

Ambitious plans to reform the humanitarian sector are still failing to reach grassroots women’s rights organisations or be felt by women affected by crises. As donors, UN agencies and NGOs review progress on the Grand Bargain, this paper... Read more...


Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan: Briefing

A review of shelter self-recovery projects in the Philippines, and their lessons for the shelter... Read more...


Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan: Supporting shelter self-recovery in the Philippines

The number and diversity of Support for Shelter Self-Recovery (SSSR) programmes implemented following super typhoon Haiyan provides a unique opportunity to capture lessons, challenges and best practices. This research aimed to synthesise learning... Read more...


Women and girls in emergencies

This report collects and summarises new data and evidence from reports and research on women and girls’ specific vulnerabilities in natural disasters and conflicts. It shows that disasters disproportionately affect women and girls and offers... Read more...


Violence, uncertainty, and resilience among refugee women and community workers: An evaluation of gender-based violence case management services in the Dadaab refugee camps

In the Dadaab refugee camps, CARE International and the International Rescue Committee have developed a comprehensive case management approach to address the needs of gender-based violence survivors. A cornerstone of this work has been to develop... Read more...


Dangerous ground: Syrian refugees face an uncertain future

This report warns that governments in Europe, the United States and the region are putting many lives at risk by closing borders and forcing Syrian refugees back to Syria, or openly discussing measures for... Read more...


Targeting vulnerable households for humanitarian cash transfers

A case study on using a community-based, participatory approach to target the most vulnerable in Zimbabwe’s cash-first... Read more...