We wish we didn’t have to write the stories that became our most popular in 2021. Yet this was another year when the world’s attention was drawn to our beat, as humanitarian crises old and new drew global attention – however briefly.
Since we cover under-reported countries and topics before and after they are a flash in the news pan, it’s no surprise that some of our coverage only really takes off with a wider audience when humanitarian emergencies break into the mainstream. This was particularly the case with our Haiti coverage predating the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, and for our analysis of the escalating situation in Israel and Palestine.
The majority of our most popular articles for the year, however, were stories only we would report on: centred on forgotten crises, or on aid policy and practice. Wouldn’t it be nice if next year’s most popular article featured the huge gains made in tackling global hunger? We live in hope…
(Compiled by TNH Product and Engagement Editor Whitney Patterson.)
Soaring food prices, rising hunger: Lockdowns, disasters, and a stumbling economy squeeze food supplies amid another coronavirus wave.
After initially refusing AstraZeneca doses due to blood clotting fears, the government now finds its rollout stalled by delivery delays.
The jihadist conflict in the northeast is stalemated. But is forgiving some of the worst killers the right way to bring peace?
Can calls for calm stop a spiralling situation?
New Oxfam misconduct claims in Iraq surface. Where will it end for the charity, and what does it mean for other NGOs?
Leadership failures have left tens of thousands of refugees at risk of abuse, diplomats charge.
Claims of sexual abuse by aid workers during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo are more widespread than previously reported, a new investigation finds.
Jetting off to help orphans in a far-flung country may seem like a good look. It often isn’t, and it can do more harm than good.
The government target is to vaccinate 40 million people by the beginning of next year. Here’s why that’s such an ambitious goal.
The Famine Relief Fund has money to spend in Yemen, and fast. Who’s behind it, and where’s the cash coming from?
Zamfara is at the centre of Nigeria’s bandit industry – time is running out to prevent the criminals from completely taking over.
Eight accounts in one town may be the tip of the iceberg, and show what little priority has been given to preventing sexual abuse in the response.
Right now, we’re working with contributors on the ground in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to tell the stories of people enduring and responding to a rapidly evolving humanitarian crisis.
We’re documenting the threats to humanitarian response in the country and providing a platform for those bearing the brunt of the invasion. Our goal is to bring you the truth at a time when disinformation is rampant.
But while much of the world’s focus may be on Ukraine, we are continuing our reporting on myriad other humanitarian disasters – from Haiti to the Sahel to Afghanistan to Myanmar. We’ve been covering humanitarian crises for more than 25 years, and our journalism has always been free, accessible for all, and – most importantly – balanced.
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