Tuesday, May 16, 2006
News articles frequently discuss some issues but neglect others that might be more critical. Today the UN issued its third annual list to focus attention on a set of these relatively ignored stories. There is no particular order to the list, summarized here:
Rebuilding Liberia: The nation used to be more stable and productive than its neighbors, but was destroyed by civil war.
Restricting asylum: International asylum seekers recently suffer increasing difficulty as developed nations reduce economic migration.
Rebuilding DR Congo: The 60 million inhabitants are trying to recover from the world's worst war in half a century.
Children of Nepal: Children suffered during the 10-year civil war.
Double trouble in Somalia: Lack of both government and rain are hitting people from two sides.
Long-term refugees: Millions sit in camps for decades, as some conflicts remain unresolved.
After the Pakistan earthquake: Quick relief efforts saved many survivors from disease or hunger.
Imprisoned children: Children are often jailed for minor causes.
Sharing water: Cooperating to use a valuable resource can improve both economic and political security.
Inciting violence in Côte d'Ivoire: Some media in the divided nation use hate speech, which induces group violence.
== References ==
un.org. "2006 LIST OF '10 STORIES THE WORLD SHOULD HEAR MORE ABOUT'" — United Nations, 2006Larry Baum. "The 2006 Bottom 10 List" — Human News, May 16, 2006Larry Baum. "The Congo War" — Human News, September 28, 2004