Latest Humanitarian assistance News

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an alliance formed with the NAACP in 2018 as part of the faith's efforts to improve race relations....

Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the...

UN rights chief warns of escalating violence in Myanmar

Jun. 11, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is warning of a military buildup in parts of Myanmar and rising violence, with the army using heavy weapons against armed groups as well as civilian targets, including Christian churches. Michelle Bachelet said more than...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

In Tigray, food is often a weapon of war as famine looms

Jun. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

ABI ADI, Ethiopia (AP) — First the Eritrean soldiers stole the pregnant woman’s food as she hid in the bush. Then they turned her away from a checkpoint when she was on the verge of labor. So she had the baby at home and walked 12 days to get the famished child to a...

Report on Tigray: 350,000 face famine, 2 million a step away

Jun. 10, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A report issued Thursday warns that over 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray province are facing famine and over 2 million are just a step away, blaming the dire situation on the ongoing conflict that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee, limited...

UN official: Key committee says 350,000 in famine in Tigray

Jun. 10, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday. The estimate was...

Watchdog warns of aid disaster in Syria; shelling kills 11

Jun. 10, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading rights group warned Thursday that millions of Syrians risk losing access to lifesaving aid, including food and COVID-19 vaccines, if Russia manages to block at the U.N. Security Council the use of the last remaining cross-border corridor for U.N. aid into rebel-held...