Ten Most Underreported Humanitarian Crises Report 2020

2020 was a year no one predicted. With the mother-ofall crises rocking every corner of the world, affecting virtually every country and city on earth, COVID-19 upended life as we knew it. Over a million lives have been lost, millions of jobs have been wiped out, extreme poverty has risen and economies have stalled.

But some things remained the same in 2020. Now in its fifth year, our report continues to highlight the world’s most under-reported humanitarian crises. Although there are new entries on the list, the ranking continues to be dominated by crises in Africa. The Central African Republic, Madagascar, Mali and Burundi have appeared on the list across multiple years, yet the people in these countries don’t get sufficient media attention. The combined news coverage on these 10 crises was less than that of entertainer Kanye West’s bid for the US Presidency, or the Eurovision Song Contest. Further to this, these 10 crises received 26 times less attention –in terms of online news articles – than the launch of PlayStation 5.

Read the full report here.

*Report's endnotes here