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Forgotten crises

The worldwide need for humanitarian aid is vast. There are numerous humanitarian crises that are ongoing or worsening – whether in conflict situations or due to extreme weather events and natural disasters.

However, not all crises are perceived by the public in the same way, not all affected countries or regions are being supported according to their humanitarian needs - and threaten to become forgotten crises. There has been a wide gap between demand and funding for a considerable time. This has a particularly strong impact on humanitarian crises that are less in the media spotlight.

"The situation in Yemen is worse than I imagined. Why? Because these conflicts, which are completely forgotten by the public, are underestimated." – Antonia Rados, ar and crisis reporter and GRC ambassador

The campaign

We have done it and exceeded our target of one million: together we have reached more than 1 million people and raised awareness about #VergesseneKrisen.

You used your voices, you were loud and you exceeded all our expectations! Thank you for your commitment! Now our ambition is aroused and we are doubling our goal to 2 million: with you, we want to reach even more people and raise awareness for the crises in Venezuela and Syria.

There, too, the humanitarian emergency receives too little attention - but together we can change that! Use your reach and share our posts on #VergesseneKrisen! Together we can reach 2 million people and raise awareness about the crises.

What are the characteristics of a forgotten humanitarian crisis?

(according to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO))

  • A severe and protracted humanitarian emergency resulting from conflict situations or an accumulation of extreme weather events/natural disasters or even a combination of both
  • A major humanitarian need
  • No or insufficient international aid and protection for the people affected
  • Almost always minorities within a country and/or groups of people whose living conditions are below the national average are affected
  • Lack of political solutions
  • Lack or non-existent media interest
  • Little or no public interest in donations
  • Need for longer-term humanitarian commitment

We at the German Red Cross will not let such crises be forgotten! Join us in paying attention to forgotten crises and support us by donating your audience!

Country examples of forgotten crises


The Syrian crisis has been ongoing for over ten years now. 13.4 million Syrians are dependent on humanitarian aid. They are suffering from the persistent conflict, the difficult economic situation and the consequences of the Covid pandemic. Since 2012, the German Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been working hand in hand to support people in need.

Learn more about our aid in Syria



The consequences of the ongoing conflict in Darfur, water shortages, chronic poverty and malnutrition are just some of the problems the people of Sudan are facing. The German Red Cross has been on the ground for over 20 years, and in Darfur alone, despite the difficult security situation, it has been consistently present for over ten years. Its activities include water supply, hygiene and food security.

Learn more about our aid in Sudan


Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Yemen in 2015, the situation for the civilian population has deteriorated steadily and dramatically. The violent clashes have already claimed thousands of lives, including at least 16,000 civilians.Millions of people throughout the country cannot survive without humanitarian aid, and the civilian infrastructure is collapsing more and more. The German Red Cross provides support, particularly in the health sector.

Learn more about our aid in Yemen


Latin America – refugees from Venezuela

Thousands of people are fleeing dailyfrom the politically and economically unstable Venezuela to Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. They are on foot and many are in poor physical condition. The German Red Cross supports aid for the refugees along the migration routes with various health services, essential relief supplies, contact with relatives, and orientation aids.

Learn more about our aid in South America


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