The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has identified Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan,Afghanistan and Venezuela as the countries most at risk for major humanitarian crises going into 2019.
David Miliband, president and CEO of the IRC, said these countries are the “best evidence of the world’s fragility.”
The next five countries on the most at-risk list are Central African Republic, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Miliband told Axios that one of the things that keeps him up at night is that the “traditional sources of compassion and humanitarian assistance in the West are turning their back on these people.”
According to Miliband, the political climate in the U.S. with respect to refugees “has gone from relatively benign, to quite toxic.”