GENEVA, SWISS –
CARE International aid organization reports North Korea and Eritrea are on the list of 10 most unreported and forgotten countries in the humanitarian crisis of 2017. Other countries are Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Lake Chad Basin, Vietnam, and Peru.
The report highlights the fate of the tens of millions of people who are forced to suffer because the bad conditions they are experiencing are not reported and their needs are not met. Last year an estimated 220 million people in 37 countries were affected by the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in recent years.
CARE International Secretary-General Laurie Lee said the suffering of 70 million people in 10 countries experiencing an emergency and not reported was practically ignored.  "These ten crises have an impact on one-third of the 220 million people in need of humanitarian assistance by 2017. Yet only 2% of these emergencies are reported. All but three of the 10 countries reported to be in emergency by 2017 are in Africa. Africa is represented disproportionately on the list of 10 countries, "said Lee.
UN High Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Filippo Grandi said the humanitarian crisis is not limited to certain emergencies. He told VOA, ignoring them carries a lot of risk because the impact will be felt globally. He cited the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was the most worrying crisis.
"Let us not forget that some of its neighbors are in a difficult situation. Southern Sudan is bordered by Congo. Burundi borders the Congo. So this crisis is sometimes linked to each other, being a regional crisis, unstable and becoming more difficult to resolve at some stage, "said Grandi.
CARE International warned 2018 will be a bleak year for millions of people stricken conflict and natural disasters. Added, increasing media attention can help focus public support on humanitarian crises, largely ignored. [em/ii]