Latest Humanitarian assistance News

'Knocking on famine's door': UN food chief wants action now

Sep. 23, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing “a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm” and urged donors, particularly Gulf nations and billionaires, to give a few days of profits to tackle a crisis with the fertilizer supply right now and prevent...

UN warns up to 345 million people marching toward starvation

Sep. 15, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing “a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude,” with up to 345 million people marching toward starvation — and 70 million pushed closer to starvation by the war in Ukraine. David Beasley,...

US announces over $750 million in new aid to Syrian people

Sep. 14, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday that it will provide more than $750 million in additional humanitarian funding for the Syrian people. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the U.N. Security Council the new donation is in addition to the over $800...

Pakistan scrambles to deliver aid as flood death toll rises

Sep. 13, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan scrambled to deliver aid to those most in need on Tuesday as the death toll from record-breaking floods in this impoverished Islamic nation rose further, with no respite in sight from the unprecedented monsoon rains. The rains started early this year —...

Bill Gates: Technological innovation would help solve hunger

Sep. 13, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates says the global hunger crisis is so immense that food aid cannot fully address the problem. What’s also needed, Gates argues, are the kinds of innovations in farming technology that he has long funded to try to reverse the crisis documented in a report released...

Pakistani PM says his flooded country faces food shortages

Sep. 12, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is grappling with food shortages after deadly floods left the impoverished country's agriculture belt underwater, the prime minister told the Turkish president by phone, as authorities scaled up efforts Monday to deliver food, tents and other items. ...

USAID head urges crisis-hit Sri Lanka to tackle corruption

Sep. 11, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A visiting U.S. diplomat on Sunday urged Sri Lankan authorities to tackle corruption and introduce governance reforms alongside efforts to uplift the country's economy as a way out of its worst crisis in recent memory. USAID Administrator Samantha Power...

UN chief asks world for 'massive' help in flood-hit Pakistan

Sep. 09, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that the world owes impoverished Pakistan “massive” help in recovering from the summer's devastating floods because the country bears less blame than many other nations for climate change, which experts say contributed to...

Ukraine says grain coming to Somalia, but Russia skeptical

Sep. 07, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ukraine’s president says tons of grain from his country will arrive in the coming weeks in Somalia, where famine approaches and the global crises of food security and climate change put millions at risk. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s comment came as...

UN: At least $1 billion needed to avert famine in Somalia

Sep. 07, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief predicted Tuesday that at least $1 billion will be needed urgently to avert famine in Somalia in the coming months and early next year when two more dry seasons are expected to compound the historic drought that has hit the Horn of Africa nation....