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An elderly woman in Ethiopia stands in a dry field, hands at her hips.

Beyond COVID-19: Test your knowledge of the world's worst crises

Test your knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, then learn more about 10 crises the IRC expects to worsen over the course of the year—and what can be done to help.

ArticleJanuary 7, 2021
Abdullah at an IRC health center, where he received treatment for cholera

The world's worst humanitarian crisis is in Yemen

This week the war in Yemen enters its fourth year. What makes this conflict so heartbreaking is its cruelty, the warring factions deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. Some 22 million people, are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

ArticleMarch 26, 2018
A young girl wearing a pink floral headscarf in a remote mountain area of Yemen

Why is Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis?

The war in Yemen is contributing to what the U.N. says could become "the worst famine in the world in 100 years." 22 million people are in need of aid.

ArticleOctober 15, 2018
An IRC health worker examines a child in Yemen for malnutrition as his mother holds him in her arms.

The top 10 crises the world should be watching in 2021

The IRC has released its 2021 Emergency Watchlist, a global list of humanitarian crises that are expected to deteriorate the most over the coming year.

ArticleJanuary 6, 2021
A close up of a mother holding her baby son

Voices from the crises the world can’t ignore in 2022

Hear from five people on their struggles and their wishes for the future as they face some of the world’s most deteriorating crises.

ArticleJanuary 14, 2022
A mother rocks her sick child, who has a pacifier,  in a camp in Badghis

The top 10 crises the world should be watching in 2020

While these countries represent less than 6 percent of the world’s population, they host more than half of all people identified as being in need globally.

ArticleJanuary 7, 2020
An eleven-year-old girl looks at the camera while sitting outside in a camp for internally displaced people in Yemen. Laundry hangs to dry behind her.

The top 10 crises the world can't ignore in 2022

Record numbers of people, many fleeing violence and persecution, need humanitarian aid. Learn about the world’s worst crises in 2022 and what can be done to help.

ArticleMarch 1, 2022
Omar, a 10-year-old Syrian boy, looks at himself in a mirror in his family's tent.

Crisis in Syria: Economic crisis compounds over a decade of war

Here are four reasons the IRC’s Emergency Watchlist ranks Syria at number nine among 20 countries most at risk of worsening humanitarian crisis in 2022.

ArticleMarch 15, 2022
A mother sits holds her baby at an IRC health clinic in Somalia

Crisis in Somalia: Aid workers hampered as needs rise

Here are five reasons the IRC's Watchlist ranks Somalia among countries most at risk of worsening humanitarian crisis in 2022.

ArticleJanuary 4, 2022