Tag: Humanitarian Aid

Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Racing down the cratered highways at dawn, Mohammad Rasool knew his 9-year-old daughter was running out of time. She had been battling pneumonia for two weeks and he had run out of cash to buy her medicine after the bank in his rural town closed. So he used his last few dollars […]

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Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

ATHENS — A Greek trial for two dozen aid workers, some of them foreigners, is set to open on Thursday, charging them with espionage over their role in helping migrants who arrived in the country between 2016 and 2018. The case will be heard in a court on Lesbos, the Greek island that was at […]

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Ethiopia Seizes 16 UN Workers Amid Efforts to Halt Tigray War

Sixteen United Nations staff members in Ethiopia’s capital have been seized by the country’s authorities in recent days, the chief U.N. spokesman said Tuesday, injecting new tension into the organization’s troubled relations with the government as it faces a year-old civil war and famine. The detentions of the staff members in the capital, Addis Ababa, […]

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U.N. Flight Thwarted as Fighting Grows in Ethiopia

A United Nations humanitarian flight to the Ethiopian region of Tigray, epicenter of a year-old war that threatens to cause deepening famine, was ordered to abort a landing on Friday as government airstrikes hit the area for a fourth day. The flight by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, bound for the Tigrayan capital, Mekelle, […]

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E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

WASHINGTON — World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, but the Biden administration maintained a cautious stance toward providing more support to the Taliban-ruled country. The European Union pledged $1 billion euros, or $1.15 billion, in aid to Afghanistan and to neighboring countries, as […]

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Ethiopia Attacks Rebels in Tigray as Famine Threatens

NAIROBI, Kenya — The conflict in northern Ethiopia has escalated sharply in recent days, as Ethiopian forces began a sweeping offensive in a bid to reverse recent gains by Tigrayan rebels, Western officials and Tigrayan leaders said. U.N. officials said the attack will deepen the humanitarian crisis in a region that is plunging into the […]

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E.U. Plans $1.15 Billion in Aid to Stabilize Afghanistan Region

As the Group of 20 held a virtual summit on Afghanistan, the European Union announced Tuesday that it would provide one billion euros in aid — about $1.15 billion — for Afghanistan and neighboring countries helping Afghans fleeing the new Taliban government. “We must do all we can to avert a major humanitarian and socioeconomic […]

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Afghanistan Is in Economic Freefall. It Needs Aid.

Traveling around Kabul a few weeks ago, the city felt worlds apart from my last visit in 2019 — and not just because a 20-year war had finally ended. The economy is spiraling out of control. And unless money starts flowing soon, a total economic collapse will plunge Afghans into a humanitarian catastrophe. The desperation […]

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As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

KABUL, Afghanistan — The health care system in Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse, international aid groups warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis just as temperatures begin dropping. Thousands of health care facilities have run out of essential medicines. Afghan doctors have not been paid in two months, with no […]

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Ethiopia Plans to Expel U.N. Officials Leading Aid Response in Tigray

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia ordered the expulsion of seven senior United Nations officials on Thursday, two days after the U.N.’s aid chief warned that northern Ethiopia is sliding into famine because the government is blocking aid deliveries to the region. Among those on the list of those ordered expelled were officials coordinating relief efforts and […]

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W.H.O. Workers Abused Women on Mission in Congo, Inquiry Finds

Doctors and other staff members working for the World Health Organization to render aid during an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused or exploited women and girls there, a commission appointed by the head of the agency reported on Tuesday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the agency’s director general, apologized directly to […]

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