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.
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...)