UN envoy: Warring parties in Yemen agree to meet in Sweden
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Yemen announced Friday the country's internationally recognized government and rival Houthi Shiite rebels have agreed to attend talks aimed at ending their three-year war, which has created the globe's worst humanitarian crisis by pushing the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.
UN agency urges open access for aid to Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — The regional chief of the U.N. children's agency said Saturday that Yemeni authorities are making it difficult to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid and warned that impeding relief efforts could plunge the country into famine.
Geert Cappelaere told The Associated Press in an interview from Yemen that recent U.S. calls for a cease-fire are imperative to ending the nearly four-year war, which pits a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis.
UN chief urges Yemen combatants to seize momentum for peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Yemen's warring parties on Friday to seize the momentum for peace and avert what could be the world's worst famine in decades.
UN humanitarian chief says danger of ‘big famine’ in Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that "there is a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen."
Mark Lowcock told the Security Council that this famine would be "much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives."
Key battle in Yemen’s war risks tipping country into famine
BAJIL, Yemen (AP) — With American backing, the United Arab Emirates has resumed an all-out offensive aimed at capturing Yemen's most vital port, Hodeida, where Shiite rebels are digging in to fight to the last man. Thousands of civilians are caught in the middle, trapped by minefields and barrages of mortars and airstrikes.
Hodeida Battle risks tipping Yemen into famine
Books on famine, factories vie for $75,000 history prize
LONDON (AP) — A story of starvation in Stalin's Soviet Union, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and a look at how factories changed the world are among finalists for a $75,000 history book prize.
Eight books competing for the Cundill History Prize include Anne Applebaum's "Red Famine," Caroline Fraser's "Prairie Fires" and Joshua B. Freeman's "Behemoth."
UN rushes aid to hunger-stricken Yemeni district
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations and individual donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves. Aid officials are searching for ways to ensure aid reaches those in need amid alarm that the country's hunger crisis is worsening beyond the relief effort's already strained capabilities.
UN aid chief: Fight against famine is being lost in Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Friday that the fight against famine is being lost in Yemen, which is already facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 75 percent of its 29 million people in need of assistance.
Mark Lowcock called the situation "bleak" and told the Security Council it "has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks."
UN agency warns time running out to prevent Yemen famine
CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. food agency said Wednesday time was running out for aid groups working in Yemen to prevent a "devastating" famine in the war-torn country.
World Food Program said new entry points were urgently needed to bring in humanitarian food aid and commercial imports in and to address what it called a "growing hunger crisis" across the impoverished Arab nation.
Yemen's civil war has wrecked the country's already fragile ability to feed its population of 29 million people.
Isolated and unseen, Yemenis eat leaves to stave off famine
CAIRO (AP) — In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away.
Yemenis in an isolated district eat leaves to survive
CAIRO (AP) — Many families with starving children in an isolated pocket of northern Yemen have no food except the boiled leaves of local wild vine, a sign of how some are falling through the cracks of international relief efforts trying to prevent widespread death from famine around the country.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The already "staggering" number of 8.4 million Yemenis who don't know where their next meal will come from could double very quickly if ports in the rebel-held north are attacked and shut down, the head of the aid agency Oxfam America said Tuesday.
CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local):
6: 15 pm.
The United Arab Emirates says it has started flying and sailing aid to Yemen's port city of Hodeida, where its troops in a Saudi-led coalition are fighting Shiite rebels.
A statement on the state-run WAM news agency Friday night said 10 UAE ships carrying 13,500 tons of food and aid, as well as three flights of aid, were planned for Hodeida.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. agency for children said Monday it has distributed cash to nearly 1.5 million families in war-battered Yemen to help avert the risk of famine.
The emergency payout, part of a $200 million World Bank-funded program, comes in the fourth year of a civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 3 million and crippled the country's infrastructure.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a resolution recognizing the link between conflict and the threat of famine.
Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom, whose country sponsored the resolution, says the text was agreed on Wednesday and a vote is likely Thursday.
KANDAK, South Sudan (AP) — "I'm afraid I'll starve to death," said Gatdin Bol. Curled on a dirt floor, the frail 65-year-old said he survives only by eating fruit from the trees in this remote South Sudanese town in the shadow of civil war.
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — The young mother stepped onto the scale for the doctor. Even with all her black robes on, she weighed only 84 pounds — 38 kilograms. Umm Mizrah is pregnant, but starving herself to feed her children.
And her sacrifice may not be enough to save them.
The doctor's office is covered with dozens of pictures of emaciated babies who have come through Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Aden, casualties of a three-year war in Yemen that has left millions of people on the edge of famine.
MOCHA, Yemen (AP) — The baby twitches his legs in pain in the video. He's crying but he is so dehydrated his eyes can't produce tears. His inflated belly is as taut as a balloon. It is easy to count the 12 rows of protruding ribs on his rapidly palpitating chest.
The video, filmed by a doctor, shows 8-month-old Fadl suffering not from disease, but from starvation.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of people around the world in danger of dying unless they get food urgently surged to 124 million last year — mainly because "people won't stop shooting at each other," the head of the U.N. food agency said Friday.
David Beasley told the Security Council by video link that almost 32 million of those acutely hungry people live in four conflict-wracked countries: Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and northeastern Nigeria, where famine was averted last year.
Famine again a threat in South Sudan, new report says
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One year after South Sudan briefly declared a famine, more than half of the people in the world's youngest nation face extreme hunger amid civil war and famine could return, a new report says.
Yemen asks Saudis for $1B to save currency, prevent ‘famine’
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's prime minister on Tuesday called on the Saudi-led coalition allied with his government to deposit $1 billion in the central bank to save the local currency from "complete collapse."
In an emotional letter, Ahmed Obeid bin Daghir called on the coalition to act "now, not tomorrow," and said saving the rial means "saving Yemenis from inevitable famine."
Civil war is pushing South Sudan closer to starvation
JIECH, South Sudan (AP) — Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers.
"I was trying to get food and my government tried to kill me," the 29-year-old told The Associated Press.
Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. If you’ve followed the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, you’re aware of the worsening famine and cholera epidemic; especially as they affect children. The World Health Organization has warned that it’s possible more than two-thirds of the children may die of malnutrition in the next few months.
The Latest: UN official warns of famine threat for Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Yemen (all times local):
The head of the U.N. World Food Program is warning that hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen will be "on the brink of starvation" if the Saudi-led coalition's blockade of air, sea and land access lasts for even two weeks.
David Beasley said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that about 70 percent of Yemen's 27 million to 28 million people "do not know where they're going to get their next meal."
UN chief says donors kept famine at bay _ but aid needed
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that donors responded quickly to his warning in February that some 20 million people were at severe risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria, but while "famine has been kept at bay" the need for humanitarian aid is increasing.
"The numbers of people at risk have grown," the U.N. chief told the Security Council, and "hunger continues for millions of people."
UN envoy: Yemen’s warring leaders seek power, not peace
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen accused the country's warring leaders on Tuesday of refusing to end the fighting and liberate the people "from the scourge of famine and conflict" because they stand to lose wealth and power.
With the civil war entering its fourth year and heavy fighting continuing, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned that "the situation will continue worsening as well as the terrorist threat" if the parties don't listen to the people and display flexibility.
UN aid chief: War in Yemen causing famine, cholera
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief decried the "man-made catastrophe" in Yemen on Friday saying air strikes and armed clashes have increased dramatically, with millions of people facing the specter of famine and "the world's largest-ever, single-year cholera outbreak."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council for the first time on Wednesday linked conflict to the threat of famine facing more than 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria.
The council said in a presidential statement approved by all 15 members that it deplored that some unnamed parties have blocked vital food and humanitarian aid to people in the four countries.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday.
The approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The crisis in Yemen that has left millions hungry and on the brink of famine is "a man-made disaster" driven not only by decades of poverty and lack of investment but also by economic strangulation being used as a tactic of war, the U.N. development chief in the country said Tuesday.
"One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies," writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria's prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans.
US criticizes Africa for ‘failure’ on famine threat
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley sharply criticized African nations on Tuesday for their "collective failure" to respond to the threat of famine facing more than 14 million people — and for nominating Congo for a seat on the U.N.'s top human rights body despite its serious rights violations.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.
Save the Children said Thursday that the number of cases of severe acute malnutrition has "skyrocketed" in several of the nine Somali districts assessed.
The new survey warns of "famine-like conditions" in parts of the Horn of Africa nation.
On Feb. 20, the United Nations declared a state of famine in South Sudan. Manmade crisis and conflict had left 4.9 million in need of urgent food assistance and at least 100,000 in immediate danger of death by starvation.
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the United Nations released Wednesday.
South Sudan's famine was the first to be formally declared anywhere in the world since 2011's crisis in Somalia.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged the warring parties in Yemen on Thursday to immediately agree on a cease-fire and keep all ports open for humanitarian aid to confront the threat of famine and the rapid spread of cholera.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations is warning that the cholera outbreak in Yemen is depleting aid resources to the point they won't be able to provide food to the famine-stricken country through the summer.
Jamie McGoldrick, U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen, said Thursday that 923 people have died of the disease and there are now 124,002 suspected cases. He says that number could double by September.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that civil war is causing Yemen to spiral toward total collapse with the threat of famine increasing and over 55,000 suspected cholera cases since late April.
Stephen O'Brien told the U.N. Security Council that "Yemen now has the ignominy of being the world's largest food security crisis." More than 17 million people desperately need food, including 6.8 million who are "one step away from famine," he said.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s food and agriculture agency warned Tuesday that conflict in South Sudan could undermine hopes of avoiding a new famine next year.
Around 100,000 people face starvation in South Sudan, where crop production has plummeted since 2013 as conflict has killed tens of thousands and forced 3.5 million people from their homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the U.S. leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations in crisis. Left unsaid by the president or the White House: His proposal to slash such funds by more than 40 percent in the next fiscal year.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.
"We want to feed the hungry children and the innocent civilians," David Beasley told The Associated Press before departing Tuesday for the affected area. "If you let us do our job, we'll get it done."
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts.
David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Program, told The Associated Press that he will use his Washington connections to defend the cash-strapped U.N. agency in what he expects to be a "dog fight" over the 2018 U.S. budget.
GENEVA (AP) — The former South Carolina governor who now heads the U.N.'s World Food Program says the media's focus on President Donald Trump is taking away attention from the risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East.
"This is not fake news, this is reality," said WFP Director-General David Beasley.
The suffering today in northern Uganda and South Sudan should move even the most hardhearted among us.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Famine is at risk of spreading to a third county in South Sudan in the absence of food aid, a new report from a U.S.-backed monitoring group says, with the United Nations warning on Sunday that hundreds of thousands of children could die without assistance.
The report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network says starvation is likely to occur in Koch county in the absence of humanitarian aid.