Africa: NGO Warns World’s ‘Most Neglected’ Refugee Crises Are All in Africa


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says the world is paying too little attention to a profusion of mass displacements of people across Africa, who risk death by starvation and prolonged conflicts.

A statement by the NRC’s secretary-general Jan Egeland said: “With the all-absorbing war in Europe’s Ukraine, I fear African suffering will be pushed further into the shadows.”

According to the NGO, the countries most neglected are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, South Sudan, Chad, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi and Ethiopia.

It is the first time that all 10 crises on the Council’s annual list – based on shortfalls in the international political response, media coverage, and the amount of aid pledged – are all on the African continent.

In the DRC, which tops the list as the most-neglected country for the second year running, around 27 million people went hungry last year, or one-third of the population.

In addition to near famine-like conditions, 5.5 million people were internally displaced within the DRC, with a further one million fleeing abroad.

Our list of the world’s most neglected crises:

1. DR Congo

2. BurkinaFaso

3. Cameroon

4. SouthSudan

5. Chad

6. Mali

7. Sudan

8. Nigeria

9. Burundi

10. Ethiopia