Latest Humanitarian crises News

UN warns of mounting humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 19, 2019 10:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ousmane Sawadogo, his wives and children recently fled their village in northern Burkina Faso because of growing extremist violence. After walking 200 kilometers (124 miles) to the regional city of Kaya, they now forage for wild leaves to survive. “What we need now is food....

Sudanese officials: 6 troops killed in Yemeni rebel attack

Nov. 16, 2019 9:09 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Officials in Sudan said on Saturday an attack by Yemeni rebels killed six members of a Sudanese paramilitary force that’s been fighting in Yemen. Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition that includes the Sudanese forces have fought Yemen’s civil war to a stalemate....

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...

UN aid chief: Over 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

Nov. 14, 2019 6:26 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 11 million people across Syria need aid — more than half the country’s estimated population — and the U.N. and other organizations are reaching an average of 5.6 million people a month, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

Somalia struggles after worst flooding in recent history

Nov. 14, 2019 1:58 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Ahmed Sabrie woke up to find his house half-submerged in fast-rising flood waters. Frightened and confused, he herded sleepy family members onto the roof of their home in central Somalia as scores of thousands of people in the town, Beledweyne, scrambled for their lives. Clinging...

Report: Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen war

Nov. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen’s civil war could constitute war crimes by all parties to the conflict, a database project said on Thursday. The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned rebels was allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, while...

Report: Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen war

Nov. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Over 130 attacks on medical facilities in Yemen’s civil war could constitute war crimes by all parties to the conflict, a database project said on Thursday. The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned rebels was allegedly responsible for 72 attacks, while...

EU migration chief warns Bosnia of looming winter crisis

Nov. 14, 2019 4:38 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is warning Bosnian authorities of a likely humanitarian crisis this winter due to appalling conditions in overcrowded migrant camps in the country. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos called Thursday for the closure of the...

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

Nov. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the...

Aid group says hospital hit during Houthi attack in Yemen

Nov. 7, 2019 12:47 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An international medical relief agency said Thursday that a hospital it runs in western Yemen was damaged in a recent attack. Yemeni military officials blamed the Houthi rebels for the drone and missile attack that targeted buildings near the hospital, causing huge explosions that...