A brief look at the current humanitarian disasters taking place around the globe

Syria isn't the only place worthy of coverage

A brief look at the current humanitarian disasters taking place around the globe

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The conflict in Syria has garnered the attention of the world as the opposing sides continue to fight but it isn't the only major humanitarian disaster currently taking place. 

We have a brief look at the others from the eyes of those who work there: 


The 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain signaled the destabilisation of the country which has led to the current power vacuum and the displacement of over 3 million people with another 1 million expected to be displaced as the fighting continues.


The "Arab Spring" movement swept across much of the middle east and north Africa and eventually lead to the downfall and death of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaffi in March 2011.

The instability in the country led it to fall into a civil war which still rages on today. Amnesty International is reporting there are almost 435,000 internally displaced people in the country.


The conflict in north-east of Nigeria began in 2009 when Boko Harem launched attacks across the region. The Nigerian army has been fighting the militants since 2015 when the newly elected president vowed to regain control of the area.

The armies of neighbouring countries such as Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been assisting the Nigerian authorities. The conflict has led to 2.7 million people becoming displaced across the region.

North Korea

Flooding in the hermit kingdom has gone relatively unreported but Typhoon Liorock has killed 138 people with a further 400 missing. The disaster has led to some 69,000 people being displaced with 600,000 requiring some form of humanitarian assistance. 

Humanitarian agencies are requesting $28.2 million to assist those affected by the floods. 

South Sudan

The world's youngest country has endured a difficult start to nationhood. It is currently in the midst of a civil war between the president and vice-president, who lead two large ethnic groups. 

The country itself was formed after nearly 20 years of guerilla war. Currently more than 2 million people have been displaced by the fighting.

Aid agencies across the world have been critical of the obstacles they have to overcome to get to these and other disasters. Aid convoys and medical facilities have been attacked in numerous countries and this week aid organisations made a plea directly to the UN Security Council to offer them more protection.