UN releases 2006 list of "10 stories the world should hear more about"

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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:

  1. Rebuilding Liberia: The nation used to be more stable and productive than its neighbors, but was destroyed by civil war.
  2. Restricting asylum: International asylum seekers recently suffer increasing difficulty as developed nations reduce economic migration.
  3. Rebuilding DR Congo: The 60 million inhabitants are trying to recover from the world's worst war in half a century.
  4. Children of Nepal: Children suffered during the 10-year civil war.
  5. Double trouble in Somalia: Lack of both government and rain are hitting people from two sides.
  6. Long-term refugees: Millions sit in camps for decades, as some conflicts remain unresolved.
  7. After the Pakistan earthquake: Quick relief efforts saved many survivors from disease or hunger.
  8. Imprisoned children: Children are often jailed for minor causes.
  9. Sharing water: Cooperating to use a valuable resource can improve both economic and political security.
  10. Inciting violence in Côte d'Ivoire: Some media in the divided nation use hate speech, which induces group violence.