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Nigeria facing “a famine unlike any we have ever seen”
Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished because Boko Haram has disrupted trade and farming.
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Nigeria on brink of catastrophic famine
The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying. They are the latest victims of Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency.
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Nigeria facing 'a famine unlike any we have ever seen'
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying. They are the latest victims of Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency. No ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Humanitarian aid Refugee Million United Nations Nigeria
Over 70 aid groups say U.N. allows Syria to manipulate relief
More than 70 humanitarian organizations are accusing the United Nations of allowing the Syrian government to manipulate relief efforts and deprive thousands in besieged areas of help. The aid groups working in Syria ...
1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Syria Bashar al-Assad United Nations Humanitarian aid Lebanon Turkey Hafez al-Assad Humanitarianism
In Syria talks, Russia holds the key
Ahead of renewed peace talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov there is a sense of foreboding.
135 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad United Nations United States Syria Allies of World War II Hafez al-Assad Humanitarian aid 2003 invasion of Iraq
Syria's war: Aid agencies suspend cooperation with UN
More than 70 groups sign letter saying Syrian regime has influence over UN and Red Crescent operations, demand probe.
2637 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Humanitarian aid United Nations Hafez al-Assad Muhammad Naji al-Otari Humanitarianism Asma al-Assad
Faulted by charities, U.N. plans to keep up relief work in Syria
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to keep working with charities in Syria despite a decision by more than 70 relief groups to suspend ties with the U.N. for its links to the Syrian government, officials said on Thursday.
10 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad United Nations Syria Ban Ki-moon Reuters Thomson Reuters Humanitarian aid Hafez al-Assad
Santa Ana city council declares 'crisis' over homeless encampments in civic center
Santa Ana’s City Council voted late Tuesday to declare a “public health and safety crisis” over a mushrooming homeless encampment in the Civic Center that has attracted more than 450 homeless people in recent months. The resolution, backed by Councilwoman Michele Martinez, called for the city to...
292 points by Los Angeles Times | Homelessness Santa Ana California Homelessness in the United States Police Orange County California Orange California Local government in the United States Humanitarian aid
The town where children attempt suicide
The besieged Syrian town of Madaya has seen a "worrying increase" in child suicide attempts as the long war takes its toll, a rights group warned.
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7mn people face starvation as Yemen heads towards man-made famine – Oxfam
The situation in war-ravaged Yemen is starting to resemble a man-made famine, with almost seven million people “knowingly” pushed towards starvation, the latest report from the international humanitarian organization Oxfam says. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Humanitarian aid United Nations Internally displaced person Malnutrition Refugee 2017 2016 2015
U.N.: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea
More than 10 million people — or about 41% of the North Korean population — are undernourished, the report said.       
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West Mosul displacement surges 22% amid ongoing coalition offensive – UN
The total number of displaced civilians in the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul has increased 22 percent week-on-week as Iraqi forces keep battling Islamic State militants, the United Nations says. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | United Nations Refugee Caliphate Islam Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Terrorism Iraq Humanitarian aid
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed: Help the Somali people
President urges the world to step up, highlighting the 2011 famine that killed 260,000 Somalis.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Somalia Somali people United Nations Horn of Africa Humanitarian aid Famine Siad Barre United States
UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting
'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Iraq Damascus Humanitarian aid Jordan Levant Rashidun Caliphate Golan Heights
IS targets hungry civilians as Mosul attack nears
IRBIL, Iraq — Several hundred thousand civilians are enduring desperate conditions and facing retribution by Islamic State fighters in western Mosul as Iraqi forces prepare to attack militants who control the city’s western half, according to residents and humanitarian groups.
1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United Nations Iraq War Humanitarian aid United States Iraq Turkey Iraqi Army Iraqi security forces
Big story, small-time commitment with Oscar shorts
The plight of the immigrant casts a long shadow over this year's Oscar-nominated short films. Five of the 15 nominees --  two in the live-action category and three in documentary --  grapple with such of-the-moment themes as refugees, "extreme vetting" and the humanitarian crisis in Syria, making for an acutely timely selection of stories.
7 points by The Denver Post | Syria Humanitarian aid Kyriakos Papadopoulos Cider Film Pear Short films Perry
Rep. Marcia Fudge introduces legislation to ease food donations
The Warrensville Heights Democrat introduced legislation on Tuesday to address liability worries that keep food manufacturers, retailers and restaurants from donating surplus food to the needy. WASHINGTON, D. C. - If you don't want to eat those peas, Rep. Marcia Fudge wants to make it easier for a hungry person to eat them. On Tuesday, the Warrensville Heights Democrat introduced legislation to address liability worries that keep food manufacturers, retailers and restaurants from donating surplus food to the needy. The bipartisan bill she introduced with three other Congress members would clarify and expand the liability protections given to food donors by a 1996 law meant to facilitate food donations to the hungry. Her "Food Donation Act of 2017" aims to address issues brought to the House Agriculture Committee's attention by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, which  delivered testimony last year that said that 40 percent of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, resulting in 62.5 million tons of wasted food each year. Congrats to @chelliepingree @RepMcGovern @RepNewhouse &@RepMarciaFudge for introducing the #FoodDonationAct of 2017! https://t.co/BCoSIAl8Om -- [email protected] (@HarvardFLPC) February 7, 2017 "It has been estimated that redistributing just 30 percent of all the food lost in the United States could feed every food insecure American their total diet," the clinic's director, Emily Broad Leib, told the committee. "Despite several compelling policies, current laws still perpetuate barriers to food conservation and recovery." Fudge's bill would extend liability protections to donations made directly to needy individuals, instead of limiting protections to food provided to social service agencies. It would also allow donation of food that's been mislabeled in ways that don't affect safety, and permit donations of edible foods like breakfast cereal that's past its "sell by" date for freshness, but is still safe to eat. Fudge - a member of the House Agriculture Committee's nutrition subcommittee -  says 16.1 percent of Ohio residents aren't always able to acquire enough food, and the state ranks sixth nationwide in food insecurity. "Food insecurity is an urgent problem in our nation, but there are businesses and organizations trying to help," said a statement from Fudge. "The Food Donation Act supports them by increasing liability protections and creating new ways to donate while eliminating food waste. This bill goes a long way in helping to feed families in need."
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Donation Humanitarian aid Food Nutrition Food security Accountable Fundraising Eating United States Congress
Kayla Mueller's parents donate to Doctors Without Borders
The parents of the Islamic State hostage had once denounced the group.         
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Akron Snow Angels grows from one-off to regular mission (photos)
Akron Snow Angels started as a one-off act of kindness prior to a major snow storm. The Akron nonprofit has now conducted 27 group missions, has an active volunteer base and receives ongoing community support. AKRON, Ohio - Akron Snow Angels, which started as a one-off act of kindness before a snowstorm two years ago, is now an ongoing mission to provide homeless Akronites with food, supplies and warm clothing.  Erin Victor started the group with an impromptu decision in February 2015 to provide warmth for Akron's homeless. She hung scarves, hats, socks and long underwear from trees and fences around Akron with a note letting the homeless know the items were for them. Cleveland.com reported on the act, and the charity was launched. With winter storm approaching, Akron woman hangs clothes for homeless with note 'You are loved' "It was a total fluke; it was going to be a one-time thing," Victor said. "But the story was the catalyst. My phone was blown up with emails and calls. The community wanted to keep it going." Here's how it works: Now, with its mission to "Spread the Warmth," Akron Snow Angels is a well-oiled machine with an active board and a growing social media network. It gets donations of goods and cash from residents and groups around Akron to support missions that run from November through April, each serving about 200 homeless residents. Goodwill of Akron provides hundreds of hats, scarves and gloves, while knitters across Akron make more. Jill Bacon Madden of Jilly's Music Room provides warehouse space to house the group's supplies and serve as a starting point for missions. Some items are bagged and tied to fences and trees around town, affixed with a Snow Angels message of caring and support. In its first year, the group raised $27,000 and was awarded $14,000 from the Akron Halloween Charity Ball, which gives two Akron nonprofits the proceeds from each year's masquerade party. Akron Snow Angels also takes requests, for sleeping bags, shoes or clothing for jobs. If the items aren't picked up, Snow Angels holds onto to them and brings them back on a subsequent mission. "We get a lot of requests for boots," said Josh Troche, a Snow Angels board member who blogs about the group's missions on Learning by Helping. What a mission looks like: On Sunday, under a bright blue sky, about 50 Akron Snow Angels volunteers met at the warehouse and received assignments. About a dozen vehicles bearing large Akron Snow Angels magnets then headed up Market Street to Grace Park. With many homeless awaiting the groups' arrival, the vehicles lined both sides of Park Street and set up stations, organized by cargo type, for attendees to browse. One vehicle handled men's shirts and jackets, another carried kids' clothes and one had pants. One station had scarves, hats and gloves. Socks, shoes and belts, underwear, shopping bags, backpacks and sleeping bags were also available. An SUV held bins of toiletries, while another hauled hand-made brown-bag meals decorated with hand-drawn hearts. A table was set up with hot coffee, water and food to go. In addition to twice monthly missions to take food and supplies to Akron's homeless, Akron Snow Angels stays true to its roots, bagging hats, scarves and gloves and hanging them from fences and trees with notes of caring and support for the homeless to find.Akron Snow Angels "It's a Godsend," said Kenneth England who heard about Snow Angels through a friend and came to get shoes, socks, underwear and toiletries. "It's really helpful and I'm appreciative." Nearby, volunteers from the Peter Maurin Center for the homeless manned a table, and In One Piece Ministries served hot food donated every Sunday by the Holiday Inn of Fairlawn. Who's volunteering: Volunteers range from couples and college students to families with middle-school and high school kids. Volunteer Gina Hornacek, who's been on about 15 Snow Angels missions, regularly brings her teenage daughter, Kamryn. Hornacek said she believes kids need exposure to less fortunate populations to better understand the real world. "Living in the suburbs, they don't see this," she said. The group keeps track of many of its regulars, knowing where they sleep and looking for check-ins via text or Facebook. Related coverage: Summit Metro Parks gives notice to Akron's homeless to clear way for Freedom Trail construction The group works two group missions per month and hosts Christmas in July, which provides free haircuts and medical trucks. "My complete life has changed and I'm a better person because of it," Victor said. "The community is so warm and caring and there's so much good in people. My volunteers feel the same way." In fact, the group recently benefited from birthday parties for two children and a 100-year-old woman who each asked that donations be made to Akron Snow Angels in lieu of gifts. To donate cash or goods to Akron Snow Angels, or volunteer, visit its website. You can also follow Snow Angels events on its Facebook page. A GoFundMe campaign is also underway to help the group fund daily operations and expand its reach. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
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92-year-old man leaves hospice after story goes viral
Morrie Bogart was knitting hats for the homeless from his hospital bed when his story went viral and inspired millions.       
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Humanitarian aid groups say they will be hindered by Trump’s travel restriction order
Several international aid organizations say they have been forced to make contingency plans in case staff members are barred from entering the United States under President Trump’s new immigration rules. Some are reassessing plans for staff scheduled to come to the country for briefings and meetings....
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East Las Vegas Valley nonprofits always looking for extra help
People looking for a hand up have a lot of nonprofit organizations to go to during the holiday season. Those nonprofits also need help from time to time.
117 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Giving Non-profit organization Donation Humanitarian aid Feeding America Accountable Fundraising Charitable organization Charities
U.S., Russia poised for new battle over Syria
The United States and Russia are taking their differences over the conflict in Syria to new heights, after trading ferocious allegations of duplicity and malfeasance at the United Nations Security Council. After a fractious meeting of the council on ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Bashar al-Assad Vladimir Putin Syria Humanitarian aid Russia United Nations Security Council United Nations Hafez al-Assad
Fact checking at UN: Kerry blasts Moscow for statements it did not make
US Secretary of State John Kerry has used a UN session to criticize Moscow over the Syria aid convoy attack. Saying that he and the Russian foreign minister are in “parallel universes,” Kerry appeared confused by what top Russian officials had actually said. Read Full Article at RT.com
1834 points by Russia Today | Syria Humanitarian aid Unmanned aerial vehicle Russia MQ-1 Predator Israel Humanitarianism Iraq War
U.S., Russia take Syria battle to new heights
The United States and Russia are taking their differences over the conflict in Syria to new heights, after trading ferocious allegations of duplicity and malfeasance at the United Nations Security Council ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Vladimir Putin United Nations Syria United Nations Security Council Russia World War II United States Humanitarian aid
U.N. resumes humanitarian aid to Syria
The U.N. suspended deliveries Tuesday after a convoy was struck in northern Syria Monday.       
18 points by USA Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria United Nations Damascus Lebanon Humanitarian aid Hafez al-Assad Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Russia to send aircraft carrier to Syria
Russia has announced it is sending its only aircraft carrier to waters off Syria's coast, as diplomats met at the United Nations in an effort to revive Syria's failing ceasefire.
923 points by CNN | United Nations Ban Ki-moon Syria Humanitarian aid Terrorism Damascus Deir ez-Zor United States
Kerry's blistering attack on Russia
Secretary of State John Kerry launched a blistering attack on Russia Wednesday for its actions in Syria, pointing to the bombing of a UN aid convoy that left more than 20 dead and its inability to stop continued Syrian air attacks.
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Kerry blasts Russia for 'outrageous' attacks on Syria aid convoy, hospital
Doug G. WareNEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- John Kerry didn't pull punches against Russia at the U.N. on Wednesday, blasting Moscow for an attack on an aid convoy carrying supplies into war-scarred Syria.
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Russia presented all evidence on aid convoy attack, now wants impartial investigation – Lavrov
Moscow has provided all the data it has on the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a UN Security Council meeting. Lavrov also called for a full and impartial investigation into the incident. Read Full Article at RT.com
5144 points by Russia Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Muhammad Naji al-Otari Damascus Asma al-Assad Aleppo Humanitarian aid
US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of Syria aid convoy attack – Russian military
The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone. Read Full Article at RT.com
5886 points by Russia Today | Humanitarian aid Syria United Nations Humanitarianism Russia RIA Novosti Development aid Attack
NATO won’t speculate on who struck aid convoy in Syria – Stoltenberg to RT
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg refused to “speculate” on who bears responsibility for the attack on the UN-Red Crescent aid convoy near Aleppo, saying we should “get the facts” first, as he spoke to RT after his meeting with the Russian FM. Read Full Article at RT.com
1254 points by Russia Today | Humanitarian aid Russia United Nations Humanitarianism Airstrike Sergey Lavrov RIA Novosti Development aid
‘Moment of Truth’ in Syria as John Kerry Urges Renewal of Cease-Fire
The United States Secretary of State told the United Nations Security Council that continuing with the agreed cease-fire was the only way forward.
675 points by The New York Times | Bashar al-Assad Syria United Nations United Nations Security Council Russia Hafez al-Assad Ban Ki-moon Humanitarian aid
U.S. Believes Russia Bombed Syrian Aid Convoy
U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Russian aircraft conducted the strike that targeted a humanitarian aid convoy in northern Syria on Monday, according to U.S. officials.
801 points by The Wall Street Journal | Russia Barack Obama United States Federal Bureau of Investigation Iraq War Republic Humanitarian aid Israel
Four killed after airstrike on Syrian aid group
Washington continued to blame Moscow on Wednesday for an attack on an aid convoy bound for the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.       
23 points by USA Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria United Nations Hafez al-Assad Sukhoi Diplomacy Reuters Humanitarian aid
Militants on pickup with mortar use Aleppo aid convoy as cover, Russian MoD shows (VIDEO)
Militants driving a pickup with a mortar sought cover behind the UN-led aid convoy that was destroyed near Aleppo, the Russian military has said, releasing a video from one of its monitoring drones in Syria. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ceasefire still on table after reassuring Syria Support Group meeting at UN
A US-Russia brokered agreement remains the major hope to achieve a lasting truce in Syria despite the lack of clarity over a recent fatal attack on an aid convoy. UN and US officials acknowledge the ceasefire is “not dead” after meetings on the UN sidelines. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian aircraft believed to hit Syria convoy: US
The United States believes two Russian aircraft attacked an aid convoy near Aleppo in a strike that shattered a one-week truce, US officials said on Tuesday, but Russia denied involvement.
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U.N. suspends Syria aid convoys after ‘savage’ attack
BEIRUT — Volunteers were still dousing the fires from an overnight attack on an aid convoy that killed 20 civilians as the U.N. announced Tuesday it was suspending overland aid deliveries in Syria, jeopardizing food and medical security for millions of besieged and hard-to-reach civilians.
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UN suspends Syria aid convoys after 'savage' attack
BEIRUT — Volunteers were still dousing the fires from an overnight attack on an aid convoy that killed 20 civilians as the U.N. announced Tuesday it was suspending overland aid deliveries in Syria, jeopardizing food and medical security for millions of besieged and hard-to-reach civilians.
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UN suspends aid convoys in Syria after hit, ICRC warns on impact
The United Nations suspended aid convoys across Syria on Tuesday a day after an air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital.
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U.N. suspends aid deliveries to Syria after deadly attack on humanitarian convoy
The United Nations suspended humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria after an attack killed 21 civilians unloading supplies northwest of embattled Aleppo at the end of the week-long cease-fire, officials said Tuesday.  The attack Monday night struck 18 of 31 trucks in an aid convoy in rural Urem al-Kubra,...
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Syria Aid Convoys Suspended After Attack; U.N. Leader Condemns ‘Cowards’
United Nations officials were dumbfounded by the airstrike, which occurred after the Syrian military declared that a partial cease-fire was over.
-1 points by The New York Times | United Nations Ban Ki-moon Humanitarian aid Geneva Syria Humanitarianism Secretary-General of the United Nations United Nations General Assembly
UN suspends all Syria aid after convoy bombed
UN halts all aid convoys hours after attack destroys 18 trucks in rebel-held northern Aleppo.
7582 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Humanitarian aid Aleppo Damascus Ban Ki-moon Muhammad Naji al-Otari United Nations
U.N. Suspends Convoys to Syria After Attack on Aid Trucks
A top official at the organization said the airstrike would amount to a war crime if found to have targeted humanitarian workers.
-1 points by The New York Times | United Nations Geneva Syria Human rights Humanitarian aid International Committee of the Red Cross World Health Organization Lebanon
U.N. suspends aid after convoy attack as Syria ceasefire collapses
GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations suspended all aid shipments into Syria on Tuesday after a deadly attack on a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, as a week-old U.S.-Russian sponsored ceasefire collapsed in renewed violence.
1273 points by Reuters | Syria Bashar al-Assad Barack Obama Russia Humanitarian aid World War II United Nations United States
U.N. suspends aid to Syria after convoy attacked
Deliveries are being held pending a review of the security situation in the war-torn country.       
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U.N. suspends aid convoys in Syria after hit, ICRC warns on impact
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations suspended aid convoys across Syria on Tuesday a day after an air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital.
578 points by Reuters | International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian aid Geneva Geneva Conventions Syria International humanitarian law Civilian International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
UN suspends convoys in Syria after attack on aid trucks
The attack plunged Syria’s U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire further into doubt        
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Ceasefire: Is it all over?
Syria's nascent ceasefire hung in the balance Monday after an airstrike on a United Nations aid convoy led the US to question Russia's commitment to calming violence in the war-torn country and its ability to influence its ally in Damascus.
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