27. ReliefWeb

While the United States has suffered disasters both manmade and natural in the 21st Century, it is easy to forget that there are places in the world that are nearly always much worse off than we are.  The reason we can forget so easily is the shortage of media coverage in those locations.

If you are curious about such events, there’s a website for that – ReliefWeb (http://reliefweb.int/).  ReliefWeb is a service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).  It tracks emergencies and disasters all over the globe, especially complex emergencies.  Complex emergencies are situations where multiple events are occurring simultaneously in the same location.  Examples might include food insecurity due to a drought in a war zone, or flooding as a result of the loss of trees due to a wildfire.

ReliefWeb collects emergency situation reports from many governments and non-governmental organizations.  In addition to these documents, ReliefWeb posts hundreds of employment and educational opportunities for international humanitarian workers.  All of this makes ReliefWeb worth checking out.