As 2009 comes to an end, let’s take a look back and join Doctors without Borders in recognizing the top 10 humanitarian crises of the year – move over David Letterman. I’m not suggesting that these are the only crises in the world, and that we should ignore the other problems. There are just too many crises that the list would probably need to be renamed the top thousand crises in the world or even expand beyond that number.
The list contains stories coming from Pakistan to Somalia to Yemen and includes human rights violations involving “stagnant funding for treating HIV/AIDS” to “unrelenting violence” towards civilians.
So, as you pop the champagne bottle tonight, be wary of two things. The first is that people in every corner of the globe are suffering, and that 2010 could be the year to stop these humanitarian crises. The second is that “champagne corks can be dangerous.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing if Doctors without Borders didn’t find it necessary to release a top 10 list of humanitarian crises for 2010? Imagine that.
Happy New Year! I’ll see you all in 2010!