The World's Worst Humanitarian Crises

Civil war and displacement fuel tragedies across the globe: aid group
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2008 4:42 PM CST
Children displaced by the civil war in Congo search for their parents.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Aid organization Doctors Without Borders has released its annual list of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Here's a sample:

  • Somalia: Increased friction between insurgents and the government unleashed some of the worst violence in a decade. One in five children there dies before turning 5.
  • Congo: Hundreds of thousands have fled a devastating civil war and have no access to health care, food, water or basic shelter. Avoidable diseases like measles and diarrhea are taking a devastating toll on the displaced.

  • Pakistan: Thousands have been killed or forced to flee their homes as fighting intensifies between the military and Islamist militants in the areas bordering Afghanistan.
  • HIV/tuberculosis co-infection: The two diseases combined can kill a patient in a few weeks, but less than 1% of those with HIV are screened for TB.
For the others, click on the link.