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Does media coverage of humanitarian crises actually help?

The answer is far more complicated than you think

By Jessica Abrahams  

Photo: Timur Abdullayev/Tass/PA Images

From Yemen to South Sudan to Haiti, humanitarian needs are at record levels as crises driven by conflict and climate change become increasingly protracted. This year, the United Nations is estimating it will need $25bn to help 132m people in 42 countries.

There are lives at risk in all of those places—but some attract more attention than others, as a recent analysis from CARE International highlighted. Based on over 1m news reports in…

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