January 7, 2005 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked international donors yesterday for nearly $1 billion to cover the first six months of relief efforts for tsunami survivors. The death toll topped 159,000, and U.N. officials predicted it would go much higher. Speaking to government officials and relief experts gathered for an aid summit, Annan said at least 500,000 people were injured, one million were without homes, and two million were in need of food throughout the area affected by the tsunami.
August 17, 2004 |
Shirtless with a cigarette dangling from his lips, Edward Harris surveyed the damage to his home - a gaping hole in the roof and large branches from a fallen 100-year-old oak tree covering his driveway. He had no electricity and only trickling brownish water ran from the taps. "I'm lucky," he said as he removed the branches. "People can't get upset at what happened. You get a little depressed but you get over it and move on. " Yesterday, three days after Hurricane Charley, the worst storm to hit Florida in a dozen years, many residents of Punta Gorda such as Harris, 62, woke up on the first weekday determined to bring normalcy to their suddenly uprooted lives.
August 13, 2003 |
In a step forward for Liberia's stability, rebel forces laying siege to the capital promised yesterday to pull out of Monrovia's port, then the city itself, allowing much-needed humanitarian aid to flow. "We are not leaving a man behind," Sekou Fofana, a senior rebel official, said after meeting with U.S. and West African officials. "All of us will pack our bags and leave for our headquarters. " The pledge, brokered partly by the United States, came a day after Charles Taylor resigned as Liberia's president and went into exile in Nigeria, ending a reign of terror that killed tens of thousands and left the nation in ruins.
July 26, 2003 |
President Bush yesterday ordered the movement of "appropriate military capabilities" off the coast of Liberia to support West African peacekeepers and provide critically needed humanitarian relief once he gives the signal to go ashore. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the U.S. role "will be limited in time and scope," with U.N. forces, primarily from Nigeria, responsible for peacekeeping. Bush has made it clear that the swift departure into exile of Liberian President Charles Taylor is the prerequisite for efforts by the United States and West African nations to restore peace and fend off a humanitarian disaster in the country ravaged by civil war. "We're deeply concerned that the condition of the Liberian people is getting worse and worse and worse," Bush told reporters in the Rose Garden.
April 1, 2003 |
The director of the United Nations' World Food Program yesterday outlined a six-month, $1.3 billion emergency plan to feed the people of Iraq but said that continued war would prevent U.N. workers from entering much of the country to carry it out. "Clearly we will not go into places that are not safe and secure, where our people will be at risk," program director James T. Morris said at a news conference here. The first wartime deliveries of U.N. humanitarian aid already have crossed into Iraq.
March 21, 2003 |
From France to Indonesia to Russia, in the offices of national leaders and in the streets, a loud international chorus yesterday condemned the attack on Iraq. French President Jacques Chirac said he regretted an action that started without U.N. support and predicted it would have serious consequences. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said the attack was being carried out "against world public opinion, against the principles and norms of international law. " Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri denounced the attack, and China called it a violation of the U.N. charter.
November 19, 2001 |
With tons of relief aid piling up, independent aid groups are growing frustrated by their inability to get it across the border into northern Afghanistan. Last week, U.N. relief agencies shipped more than 1,100 tons of humanitarian aid from this former Soviet republic into Afghanistan - a successful start, some U.N. officials say. "We should be grateful for being given the corridor we have now," said Mike Huggins of the World Food Program, a U.N. agency. But Gil Gonzalez-Foerster and other representatives of non-U.
November 13, 2001 |
THE AMERICAN Red Cross is one of more than 170 national Red Cross or Red Crescent societies. These national societies, which handle domestic disasters, are independent but are "recognized" by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The ICRC, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is the founding body of the Red Cross. All its officers and most of its field workers are Swiss. The ICRC conducts the international war-relief operations that have made the Red Cross so justly famous, including prisoner visits, humanitarian aid, and the like.
November 5, 2001
DURING the airdrops of food and medicine to those escaping to safer ground in Afghanistan, some observers from aid groups have complained that they are doing more harm than good since the merchandise is stolen and sold in the marketplace, or they couldn't be retrieved due to hostilities. Although it was considered a difficult task at the start, America has at least put forth an effort to help the starving, for which we should be commended. Instead of finding fault, the other people assisting those in need should be extending words of appreciation and concentrating on ways and means of getting the urgent supplies to the people.
October 23, 2001 |
Driven by the need to keep relentless pressure on Taliban forces, the United States is stepping up efforts to help opposition Afghan fighters in several parts of the country. Defense Department officials said, in essence, yesterday that any enemy of the Taliban was a friend of the United States. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "Now we are starting to work on some Taliban targets that are arrayed out in the field against folks that we would like to help.