“Breaking the silence” around the 10 forgotten humanitarian crises in 2022


Care International has just released the Breaking the Silence report, highlighting the ten least publicized crises of 2022.

The organization Care International wants to "break the silence" around the ten least publicized crises of 2022. All took place in Africa, according to this world confederation which fights against poverty and social injustice in the world and has just published a report.

Analysts compare the treatment of these crises by the media to the treatment of the release of the iPhone 14 (95 articles online), to the reunion of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez (118 articles online), to the slap given by Will Smith to Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony (114 articles online), the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk (254 articles online) or even the Winter Olympics in China (217 articles online) . The crises around which Care wants to “break the silence” have between 529 and 248 articles online.

  • Angola

In this country, 3,81 million people do not have enough to eat. Children drink contaminated water and are only too weakly vaccinated against infectious diseases. Angola is among the four countries with the highest price increases for foodstuffs such as cereals and oil.

A situation aggravated by the war in Ukraine. The climate crisis does not spare the country. “As global temperatures continue to rise, droughts are expected to become even more frequent and destructive in the future,” the organization said. The first constraints to flee are women and girls.

  • Malawi

In this country, 5,4 million people do not have enough to eat. 10% of the population is infected with HIV. Care points out that while Malawi is the country that contributes the least to the climate crisis, it is nevertheless among the hardest hit by its effects. Droughts and cyclones are frequent and threaten the survival of these populations, who live mainly from agriculture.

  • Central African Republic

The country is plagued by conflict, violence and the climate crisis. The land there is fertile. Yet one in two people does not have enough to eat. "In June 2022, huge floods destroyed more than 2 homes and 600 hectares of cultivated land," the organization said. Life expectancy, 18 years, is one of the lowest in the world.

  • Zambia

Half the population lives on less than $1,9 a day. More than 10% of the population is infected with HIV. Violence against women and girls is widespread.

  • Chad

Care states that “Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world”. 6,1 million people need humanitarian aid. One in ten children dies before the age of 5. For the organization, “a series of factors contribute to the hunger crisis”.

“As a result of the war in Ukraine, prices have increased and there is a lack of necessary food imports. In addition, erratic rainfall during the rainy season has led to lower crop yields. Devastating floods destroyed more than 465 hectares of agricultural land. Nearly 000 head of cattle perished in the floods. »

  • Burundi

More than 70% of the inhabitants of this country hit by natural disasters and economic crises live below the poverty line. Burundi is very vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. Floods and torrential rains destroy crops and infrastructure, while 90% of the population lives from agriculture.

  • Zimbabwe

This country alternates periods of drought and flash floods which actually cause flooding. These climatic shocks devastate people's livelihoods. Half of the population lives in extreme poverty. 7 million people need humanitarian aid.

  • Mali

Several crises are converging in this country in the heart of the Sahel: food insecurity aggravated by the climate crisis and armed conflict are pushing people to flee. 7,5 million people need humanitarian aid.

  • Cameroon

Care deplores the fact that this country has gone "from crisis to crisis" for the past decade, to which are added natural disasters, diseases such as cholera, or the Covid-19 crisis and the war in Ukraine which have had a significant economic impact. 3000 schools have closed due to the crises. 1,8 million people do not have access to drinking water or sanitation facilities.

  • Niger

"In general, Niger is a country of records", laments the organization, "one of the hottest countries, it has the highest fertility rate and the highest population growth in the world". 4,4 million people are food insecure. One in two children under the age of 5 suffers from chronic malnutrition. Care denounces multiple crises:

“Conflicts, natural disasters, high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition combine with a lack of access to essential social services. Poverty is widespread. Agriculture is limited by chronic insecurity. Many families can barely support themselves. »


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