Latest World Disasters Report focusses on neglected crises

Published: Monday 15 January 2007

Disasters The World

Last year, emergency aid towards disaster response outstripped any other year on record. Yet, there were several disasters worldwide, which slipped away --unnoticed. The focus of this year's World Disasters Report, issued by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation), is neglected crises.

The report challenges the assumption that most of the world's "forgotten/neglected" crises are conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa. Instead, it analyses the impact of neglected natural, technological and health-related disasters. The report digs beneath the surface to identify the factors which, when neglected, push people into disaster.

It uses examples of food insecurity in Africa, maternal mortality in South Asia, the onslaught of repeated crises in the Americas, irregular migration to Europe and gender inequities in disasters worldwide to reveal the lives of those living in the shadows.

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