Latest Humanitarian assistance News

UN: Pandemic to fan surge in humanitarian needs in 2021

Dec. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian office says needs for assistance have ballooned to unprecedented levels this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people will require help in 2021. This comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global challenges including conflicts,...

Nancy Rodriguez, a 76-year-old COVID-19 patient, wipes tears as she explains her battle with the virus under a tent for patients who will be discharged from the Peréz de León II Hospital, a public hospital where Doctors Without Borders operates in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 22, 2020. Venezuela's count of roughly 800 COVID-19 deaths among its more than 90,000 cases is likely an undercount, as many are fearful of the broken health care system and choose to stay home. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Doctors Without Borders ends COVID care in Venezuela clinic

Nov. 25, 2020 3:47 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of a hospital in a Venezuelan slum that had been one of the nation’s best-equipped to treat COVID-19 patients, saying government restrictions made work impossible. Roughly 40 foreign professionals including...

Ethiopian refugees gather in Qadarif region, easter Sudan, Friday, Nov 20, 2020. Thousands of Ethiopians fled the war in Tigray region into Sudan. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

She fled Ethiopia's fighting. Now she warns of 'catastrophe'

Nov. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Shaken by the gunfire erupting around her town in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the woman decided to get out. She joined a long line at the local government office for the paperwork needed to travel. But when she reached the official, he told her she had wasted her time....

A general view of Kassala Mountains near the border with Eritrea, eastern Sudan, Nov. 20, 2020. Ethiopia's deadly conflict with its northern Tigray region spilled over the border as several thousand people fled into Sudan, along with soldiers seeking protection, while the Tigray regional leader accused Eritrea of attacking at the request of Ethiopia's federal government. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN prepares for up to 200,000 Ethiopian refugees in Sudan

Nov. 20, 2020 2:23 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says about 32,000 people have fled Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region into neighboring Sudan, and it is preparing for up to 200,000 in the next six months if necessary. Axel Bisschop, the agency’s representative in Sudan, told reporters...

A malnourished girl Rahmah Watheeq receives treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday. Nov. 3, 2020. Two-thirds of Yemen's population of about 28 million people are hungry, and nearly 1.5 million families currently rely entirely on food aid to survive, with another million people are set to fall into crisis levels of hunger before the year end, according to aid agencies working in Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

In multiple countries, alarm over hunger crisis rings louder

Nov. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

ABS, Yemen (AP) — The twin baby boys lay on a bed of woven palm leaves in a remote camp for displaced people in Yemen’s north, their collar bones and ribs visible. They cried loudly, twisting as if in pain, not from disease but from the hunger gnawing away at them. Here, U.N. officials’...

This image made from undated video released by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 shows Ethiopian military sitting on an armored personnel carrier next to a national flag, on a road in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed said in a social media post on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that

People go hungry in Ethiopia's Tigray as conflict marches on

Nov. 18, 2020 11:55 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — People are going hungry in Ethiopia’s rebellious northern Tigray region as roads are blocked, airports are closed and the federal government marches on its capital in a final push to win a two-week war. But residents are afraid to leave for fear of being killed, an internal...

FILE - World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley speaks to the media about the organization's Nobel Peace Prize win, at the airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, late Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.  Beasley says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”   (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

2020 Nobel Peace ceremony won't be held in person in Oslo

Nov. 18, 2020 6:38 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize — the World Food Program — and the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Wednesday they have jointly agreed to postpone the in-person award ceremony in Oslo next month because of the coronavirus pandemic. ”With the current...

FILE - World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley speaks to the media about the organization's Nobel Peace Prize win, at the airport in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, late Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.  Beasley says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”   (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

Nov. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in...

UN food chief: Yemen faces `looming famine,' needs millions

Nov. 11, 2020 2:42 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning World Food Program sounded an alarm Wednesday that war-torn Yemen faces “looming famine" and urged nations to provide hundreds of millions of dollars immediately, saying it will mean “the difference between life and death of...

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Sudan braces for up to 200,000 fleeing Ethiopia fighting

Nov. 11, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Up to 200,000 refugees could pour into Sudan while fleeing the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, officials said Wednesday, while the first details are emerging of largely cut-off civilians under growing strain. Nearly 10,000 people have crossed the border,...