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U.N. humanitarian chief says danger of ‘big famine’ in Yemen

The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that “there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen.”


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

Yemen is on the brink of a horrible famine – here’s how things got so bad

It’s been called the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world”: Nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s population is food insecure; millions are teetering on the edge of famine.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 4:29 p.m.

U.N. warns of massive famine if Yemen blockade isn’t lifted

The U.N. humanitarian chief warns that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many …


U.N. says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country’s health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.


Armyworm influx risks worsening South Sudan hunger, U.N. says

An invasion of fall armyworms may further damage South Sudanese farming, worsening shortages in the war-torn country where half the population is already facing hunger, a Food and Agriculture Organization …


Yemen official: Cholera has killed 746 in war-torn country

A Yemeni health official says more than 96,000 people have been infected with cholera in an outbreak that has caused at least 746 deaths since late April.


U.N. asks for billions to avert four hunger crises, but the money doesn’t arrive

At the beginning of this year, the United Nations made one of its boldest requests ever for funding. It needed billions of dollars to fund a humanitarian response, said Secretary …


UN chief: Drought-stricken Somalia ‘hangs in the balance’

British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for more support for drought-stricken Somalia, with the U.N. chief requesting another $900 million in aid this year.


Yemen minister says 60 percent of population in dire poverty

Yemen’s planning minister says 60 percent of the country’s population is in dire poverty more than two years since the Shiite rebels forced the country’s internationally recognized government and president …


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

U.N. hosts aid conference for beleaguered Yemen

International donors have pledged $1.1 billion for war-torn Yemen, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday, appealing to the fighting sides to grant access to humanitarians and revive diplomatic efforts to end …


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday.


U.S. senators say food aid constraints delay help amid famine

As President Donald Trump seeks to cut foreign aid under the slogan of “America First,” two U.S. senators are proposing making American food assistance more efficient after meeting with victims …


‘Sliding into catastrophe’: South Sudan famine could spread

Two months after the world’s youngest nation declared a famine amid its civil war, hunger has become more widespread than expected, aid workers say.


UN experts: 100,000 starve while South Sudan buys weapons

UNITED NATIONS – South Sudan’s government is spending at least half its budget on security and weapons while 100,000 people are dying of starvation as a result of famine caused …


‘A nightmare:’ U.N. chief urges help for Somalia hunger crisis

Visibly shocked by the suffering of malnourished Somalis and cholera victims during an emergency visit, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged international support to alleviate Somalia’s worsening hunger crisis.


South Sudan experiencing ethnic cleansing, UN report says

A new United Nations report describes South Sudan as teetering on the edge of genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, a stark portrayal of a nation whose crises now include famine.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

South Sudan blocking desperately needed food aid, U.N. officials say

South Sudan’s government is blocking desperately needed food aid and restricting United Nations peacekeepers, according to a confidential report by the U.N. secretary-general and a statement by a top U.N. …


Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine

Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and …


20 million going hungry in 4 nations; $4.4B needed soon, U.N. says

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of next month to prevent “a catastrophe” of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and …


South Sudan promises ‘unimpeded’ aid access amid famine

South Sudan’s president said Tuesday his government will ensure “unimpeded access” for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering …


Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and U.N.

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result …


UN officials: Yemen could face famine if no immediate action

U.N. officials warned Thursday that the escalating conflict in Yemen has left two-thirds of the population in need of humanitarian aid and the country could face famine this year unless …


U.N. says 7.6 million Yemenis are ‘one step’ from famine

The director of U.N. humanitarian operations warned Tuesday that 7.6 million people in conflict-torn Yemen face severe food shortages and are “one step” from famine.


First Floods, Now Drought Plagues N. Korea Third-Straight Bad Harvest Leads To Widespread Hunger

First, it was floods that caused a severe food shortage in North Korea the past two years. Now, it’s drought. With one-third of North Korea’s farmland parched because almost no …


North Korea Pride Blamed For Slow Aid Leaders Won’t Admit Woes As Children Face Starvation

Chinese President Jiang Zemin announced willingness to work with the U.S., including help for North Korea. Photo by Associated Press


Red Cross To Expand North Korea Food Aid

North Korean orphans eat food rations delivered to their village by the Red Cross. Photo by Associated Press


In A Deadly Trap

A Rwandan refugee is carried to an ambulance Monday in Goma, Zaire. The child and 27 other refugees, almost all children, were among the fortunate few. Most of the refugees …


‘Oh, It Is Hell!’: Visitors Describe N. Korea Hunger Relatives’ Tales Far More Harrowing Than Anything Western Workers Allowed To See

On the Chinese side of the broad river here is a boomtown with bright lights, tall cranes and gleaming new buildings springing up amid open sewers and shacks. On the …


Food Shortages Seen In Much Of Africa

Some 23 million people in sub-Saharan Africa face food shortages this year and donor supplies are declining, a U.N. agency said Thursday. Food aid is expected to drop by 20 …