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Pulitzer Center Update January 24, 2008

2007's Top Underreported Stories

Both Time magazine and Doctors Without Borders recently weighed in on what they considered the most underreported stories of 2007. The top spot on both lists was occupied by Somalia, a country that has experienced increasing levels of violence and political turmoil since Ethiopian troops toppled the ruling Islamic regime in late 2006 − and a place where the Pulitzer Center has sponsored groundbreaking reports.

Within weeks of Ethiopia's invasion (with support from the United States), free-lance journalists Nick Wadhams and Zoe Alsop were on the ground in Ethiopia, documenting human rights abuses and incipient rebellions in a country tagged by U.S. officials as a key ally in the war on terrorism. Their stories appeared in newspapers across the country and on NPR.