Latest Humanitarian crises News

US announces $203 million in new aid to war-torn Sudan amid major humanitarian crisis

Jul. 18, 2024 20:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations announced nearly $203 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Sudan on Thursday but warned that the money is not a “panacea” and urged other countries to fulfill their financial pledges to address what she called “the...

A truce in Congo ends in a week. Aid groups say it could be a lost opportunity to help civilians

Jul. 12, 2024 15:47 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A two-week truce in eastern Congo has heavily reduced fighting, but with a week left aid workers and local civil society groups say not much help has reached millions of people who are trapped in one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. The two-week...

The plague rarely affects humans, though the US sees about 7 cases a year. Here's why

Jul. 10, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

Colorado health officials have confirmed a human case of the plague, the rare bacterial infection infamously known for killing tens of millions in 14th century Europe. Today, it's easily treated with antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are...

Sudanese Olympic backstroker Ziyad Saleem of Cal looks to leave his mark on Paris Games

Jul. 07, 2024 06:03 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As a boy in Milwaukee, Ziyad Saleem would walk through the house pretending to swim backstroke — arm circling backward along the right ear and over his shoulder, then the other arm doing the same on the left side. Some days he would also propel both arms...

US asks Haiti to prioritize electoral council amid gang violence and a humanitarian crisis

Jul. 03, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. officials have asked Haiti’s prime minister to prioritize the establishment of an electoral council as the country strives to rebuild its government amid rampant gang violence. “This critical step toward will give the Haitian people an...

Hunger grips Yemen even more. The UN says more than half of households aren't eating enough

Jul. 01, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than half of households in Yemen are not eating enough due to poor economic conditions and a months-long pause in food assistance to millions of people in the rebel-held north, the United Nations food agency said Monday. The World Food Program update said...

Experts warn that 755,000 people at risk of famine in the coming months in war-torn Sudan

Jun. 27, 2024 13:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — International experts portrayed a grim picture for war-torn Sudan in a report Thursday warning that 755,000 people are facing famine in the coming months, amid relentless clashes between rival generals. The fighting has created a hunger catastrophe at a scale not seen...

Independent UN experts accuse Sudan’s warring parties of using starvation as weapon

Jun. 27, 2024 06:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Human rights experts working for the United Nations on Wednesday accused Sudan’s warring parties of using starvation as a war weapon, amid mounting warnings about imminent famine in the African nation. Sudan plunged into chaos in April last year when simmering...

US military shows reporters pier project in Gaza as it takes another stab at aid delivery

Jun. 26, 2024 00:42 AM EDT

With U.S. soldiers within shouting distance of Gaza's bombed-out coast, the American military is taking another stab at delivering aid to hungry Palestinians by sea. After several fits and starts, a $230 million pier is up and running again. The U.S. military invited reporters for a...

The Taliban confirm they will attend a UN-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan

Jun. 25, 2024 14:46 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday confirmed their delegation will attend an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan after the organizers said last week that women would be excluded from the gathering. The meeting on June 30 and July 1 is the third U.N.-sponsored...