Latest Humanitarian assistance News

Rights group: Rebel land mines in Yemen hinder aid efforts

Apr. 22, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Human Rights Watch says in a new report Monday that at least 140 people, including children, have been...

Spain allows NGOs to sail with aid supplies for migrants

Apr. 17, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has reluctantly allowed humanitarian aid vessels to depart for the Greek islands where they want to deliver aid supplies to migrant camps, Spanish aid groups said Wednesday. But the groups face hefty fines if their boats venture without permission into official search and...

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Apr. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to...

Support strong for Guaidó in devastated Venezuelan oil city

Apr. 15, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has met obstacles at nearly every turn since he declared presidential powers in a bid to end socialist President Nicolas Maduro's rule, and his visit to this once-thriving oil center was no different. He was forced to take a boat to...

Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan visit

Apr. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Mia Farrow will never forget the day she watched a baby die in her mother's arms. "It was a little girl staring at her mother and finally she just stopped breathing. I just moved away and listened to the mother's cry," the actress and human rights activist told The Associated Press...

Recovery falters in Indonesian city broken by quake disaster

Apr. 14, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is looming as recovery efforts stumble and a city that feels ignored begs for humanitarian assistance. Thousands of...

Pregnant woman evacuated from NGO ship off Malta

Apr. 11, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The German humanitarian aid group, Sea-Eye, says a pregnant woman has been evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on the eighth day at sea. Sea-Eye said Thursday that the 23-year-old Nigerian woman had suffered an epileptic seizure, and was evacuated by Malta authorities upon their request. She...

Pence says US wants Maduro out and 'all options' on table

Apr. 10, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but "all options are on the table" — and Russia and...

The Latest: Maduro calls US vice president 'ridiculous'

Apr. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political and humanitarian crisis (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro is lambasting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's remarks at the U.N. Security Council as both "ridiculous" and "racist." In a televised address early Wednesday...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

Apr. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his...