Latest Humanitarian crises News

UN food agency accuses Yemen's Houthis of diverting food aid

Jun. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. food agency accused Yemen's Houthi rebels on Monday of diverting food from the war-torn country's hungriest people and threatened to suspend food aid later this week unless they immediately implement registration and monitoring agreements. David Beasley, executive...

Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown

Jun. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. Mexico plans to deploy 6,000...

UN: Bosnia moves migrants to area infested with land mines

Jun. 14, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The U.N. office in Bosnia said Friday that authorities in the country have transferred 282 migrants who were squatting illegally in the northwestern town of Bihac to a tent camp near an area infested with land mines left over from a 1990s war. U.N. officials said in...

Congo pastor likely sparked Ebola outbreak spread to Uganda

Jun. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The Congolese pastor who is thought to have caused the Ebola outbreak's spread into Uganda was unknown to health officials before he died of the disease, the World Health Organization's emergencies chief said Thursday. That underlines the problems in tracking the virus as a WHO expert...

The Latest: More dead in family that brought Ebola to Uganda

Jun. 13, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo and Uganda (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Congolese Health Ministry says another child has died of Ebola, bringing the death toll to three within the same family that had recently traveled from Congo to Uganda. The 3-year-old boy died as he...

US hospital ship begins 5-month mission in the Americas

Jun. 13, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort begins on Friday a five-month medical assistance mission in 11 countries of the Americas affected by Venezuela's humanitarian crisis. Capt. B.J. Diebold, the mission commander, said the goal of the $34 million operation will be "addressing all our...

Aid groups: Migrant humanitarian crisis looming in Bosnia

Jun. 13, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Aid groups are warning of a developing humanitarian crisis in Bosnia as more migrants make their way to one of Europe's poorest and most volatile countries, where the needs of the existing population already strain a thin social safety net. The Bosnian Red Cross has...

5-year-old dies of Ebola as outbreak crosses Congo border

Jun. 12, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

KASINDI, Congo (AP) — A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has killed nearly 1,400 people in Congo. The outbreak's spread into Uganda prompted the...

Sick Gaza child caught in Israeli permit system dies alone

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Palestinian preschooler Aisha a-Lulu came out of brain surgery in a strange Jerusalem hospital room, she called out for her mother and father. She repeated the cry over and over, but her parents never came. Instead of a family member, Israeli authorities had approved a stranger to...

The Latest: UN committee meets Friday on Ebola emergency

Jun. 12, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

KASINDI, Congo (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Africa (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The World Health Organization says an expert committee will meet on Friday to discuss whether to declare the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency. This is the third time the committee is meeting on the current...