If you haven’t yet encountered Relief Web, World on Safari highly recommends it. Created and maintained by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the webpage is designed to, “help you make sense of humanitarian crises worldwide.” Through interactive maps and concise, informative articles it is a great way to quickly survey what is currently happening in the world. Most recently (Sep 16), Western and Central Africa are experiencing the most widespread crises, including a Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, flooding resulting in food insecurity and contaminated water in Niger, and similar flooding in Cameroon categorized as the “worst floods in 30 years.”
There are also tell-tale ‘red dots’ signifying healthcare, weather, famine, or other serious issues in South Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Relief Web is often lit up with the flares of humanitarian emergencies due to the mass number of crises worldwide that demand attention. While at times overwhelming, it is vital to pay attention to these disasters as they occur. If you are kindling any sort of passion for helping others, World on Safari encourages you to take a global perspective, and to consider where best you could assist our population as a whole.