MSF releases list of ignored stories

War in Northern Uganda, the tuberculosis epidemic and deprivation in North Korea are among the most underreported humanitarian stories of 2004, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The charity's US branch compiled the list based on an analysis of the US media.

MSF says more than 1.6 million people have been displaced in Northern Uganda because of the 18-year rebel war.

Tuberculosis kills one person every 15 seconds, the aid agency says, even though it is a curable disease. And while world attention has focused on North Korea's nuclear capabilities, its inhabitants cannot afford even basic food items.

"The tsunami has justifiably received lots of coverage," said an MSF spokes- man. "But these tragedies have killed more people."

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