EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to our partners The Progressive Book Club for this report.
Doctors Without Borders this week released its annual list of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Here’s the top ten list. For more detail, see here. An excellent related book, focusing on famine and the failures of the western aid system, is Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, available at PBC.
1. Unrelenting Violence Stalks Civilians Throughout Eastern DR Congo
2. Somalis Endure Violence and Lack of Access to Health Care
3. Precarious Situation for People in Southern Sudan and Darfur
4. Thousands Injured during the Final Stage of Sri Lanka’s Decades-long War
5. Civilians Suffer From Violence & Neglect in Pakistan
6. Politics of Aid Leaves many Afghans Cut off from Humanitarian Assistance
7. Civilians Trapped in Violent War in Northern Yemen
8. Woefully Inadequate Funding Undermines Gains in Childhood Malnutrition Treatment
9. Funding for AIDS Treatment Stagnating Despite Millions Still in Need
10. Lack of R&D and Scale Up of Treatment Plagues Patients with Neglected Diseases
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by Julian Brooks for the Progressive Book Club