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Top 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2007

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During 2007, the U.S. mainstream media focused on the 2008 presidential candidates; the arrests of O.J. Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan; and sometimes even the war in Iraq (albeit through rose-colored lenses). What they failed to cover were some very serious crises facing humanity today. I guess they're just not glamorous enough for prime time. Fortunately, however, some people are paying attention. That's why, each year, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders publishes a list of the top 10 most underreported humanitarian stories. Here is this year's list: • Displaced Fleeing War in Somalia Face Humanitarian Crisis • Political and Economic Turmoil Sparks Health-Care Crisis in Zimbabwe • Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Spreads As New Drugs Go Untested • Expanded Use of Nutrient Dense Ready-to-Use Foods Crucial for Reducing Childhood Malnutrition • Civilians Increasingly Under Fire in Sri Lankan Conflict • Conditions Worsen in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo • Living Precariously in Colombia's Conflict Zones • Humanitarian Aid Restricted in Myanmar • Civilians Caught Between Armed Groups in Central African Republic • As Chechen Conflict Ebbs, Critical Humanitarian Needs Still Remain >> Read more about these crises. >> View a slideshow of these stories.
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Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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