Somalia and the climate dominate NGO coverage

Coverage of the Red Cross's work during the latest bloody conflict in Somalia pushed it to the top of DecĀ­ember's NGO Watch table.

The head of its Somalia delegation was quoted as saying the organisation was ‘very concerned about civilians caught up’ in the fighting between UN-backed Ethiopian soldiers and the Union of Islamic Courts.

At the other end of the table, UNICEF also got coverage for its work during the conflict – this time with children.

Displacement and conscription were threats for children in the region, UNICEF said.

Alongside the coverage of climate change and decreasing ice caps was a note of optimism from Friends of the Earth (second-placed).

FoE chief executive Duncan McLaren told reporters that 2006 ‘was the year that people finally woke up to climate change’.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas work with the homeless pushed it into third place with 233 mentions.

Amnesty International led human rights groups in the condemnation of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s execution.

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