Six World Emergencies


Ongoing conflict and increasingly frequent natural disasters worldwide affect millions of children. World Vision disaster relief experts identify six humanitarian emergencies going on right now.

Syrian refugee crisis

As Syria’s civil war heads into its fourth year, the humanitarian situation grows more desperate. About 2.5 million people have fled as refugees to neighboring countries. Another 6.5 million people still in Syria need immediate humanitarian aid. 

Storm recovery in the Philippines

More than 14 million people are still dealing with the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Haiyan last November, one of the strongest storms on record to make landfall. Millions rely on humanitarian aid as they try to rebuild their homes, livelihoods, and communities.

South Sudan conflict

Thousands have died and nearly 900,000 people have been displaced since fighting erupted Dec. 15 in the world’s youngest nation. The breakdown of a January ceasefire hinders aid agencies’ efforts to bring food and basic supplies to families in need.

Fighting in Central African Republic

Thousands have been killed and about 700,000 uprooted since intense sectarian violence engulfed the country of about 4.6 million. The situation remains precarious as more than half the country’s population needs humanitarian assistance.

Conflict in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Decades of armed conflict have displaced 2.9 million people. About 6.7 million need assistance now.

In the east, dozens of rebel groups fight for control over mineral-rich land or political clout. DRC ranks last out of 186 countries on the Human Development Index.

Turmoil and food insecurity in Mali

More than 3 million Malians may run out of food in the coming months as a result of below-average harvests and the lingering effects of conflict. About 800,000 people need food assistance now, say World Vision and other agencies helping communities deal with lack of food supplies there.

This represents a larger struggle throughout West Africa, where conflict, the third drought in a decade, and political instability hinder millions of families’ ability to get back on their feet.

Written by Chris Huber

Photo © 2013 Nicholas Ralph / World Vision

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