The refugee crisis is an ongoing catastrophe, not a single event. However, the public imagination is accustomed to responding to singular events like quakes and floods.
Sudan is slowly modernising but Darfur is a region that remains in a state of humanitarian emergency.
The objectives of the various belligerents in the Syrian Civil War vary greatly: some purportedly moral, some economic, some territorial and even religious. These different motivations align intermittently, leading to some unlikely partnerships.
Why would Australia send its military hardware, personnel and equipment to get involved in a war 7000 miles away?
Stifling of media freedoms and the large scale imprisonment and torture of its political opponents, has meant that Eritrea is one of the least free countries in the world.