CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2006 |
Six North Korean defectors -- the first refugees the U.S. has admitted from the totalitarian nation -- arrived in Southern California on Saturday bearing accounts of famine, sexual enslavement, torture and repression. The group was met at Los International Airport by leaders of four large Korean congregations in Southern California, all members of the Korean Church Coalition, which has pushed the government to take in North Korean refugees.
April 7, 2006 |
The United States pledged $92 million to help prevent widespread famine in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa. Extensive drought across the region has already caused food shortages in southern and central Somalia as well as Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. U.N. aid agencies reported a week ago that famine could soon claim 10,000 lives every month in Somalia if the upcoming rainy season is as dry as forecast.
March 22, 2006 |
The United Nations appealed for nearly $327 million in aid to help starving people in southern Somalia, which is suffering its worst drought in a decade. About 2.1 million people face severe food shortages caused by prolonged drought, war, displacement, flooding and human rights abuses, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. More than 11.5 million people will need food assistance in the next six months, the U.N. said.
January 7, 2006 |
An estimated 11 million people in the Horn of Africa "are on the brink of starvation" because of severe drought and war, with at least 30 deaths already reported in Kenya, the United Nations said Friday. People in Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia need food, water, livestock and seeds, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement.
January 2, 2006 |
Thousands of inmates in Kenya skipped lunch to send food to countrymen affected by drought, prison officials said. Most of Kenya's estimated 50,000 prisoners gave up their ration of beans and corn porridge on the day President Mwai Kibaki declared a national disaster and said about 2.5 million Kenyans would need famine relief in the next six months.
December 31, 2005 |
Drought has triggered extreme food shortages in three East African countries, putting millions of people at risk of famine as the lean dry season approaches, a humanitarian group said Friday. Pre-famine conditions have already emerged in eastern Ethiopia, including escalating malnutrition, reports of child deaths, and human and livestock migration, the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network said.
August 7, 2005 |
The rainy season brings a breathtaking verdant beauty to Sakina Idi's village in southern Niger, but it also fills her heart with a cold dread. Last year, one of her children, a 2-year-old girl, died in the wet season. The year before, another child died. The year before that, two of her children died during the rains, a month apart.
August 5, 2005 |
The frail baby boy she cradles has arms no thicker than her finger. His belly has hollowed and his skin has sagged as his weight has dropped. Rakiya Nassirou weeps constantly over her son, wondering what is happening to him and whether God is angry with her. But 6-month-old Rabiou is not her only worry. Another boy, 3-year-old Moussa, is with her at this feeding station run by Doctors Without Borders.
July 4, 2005 |
For most of her life, Kim Hui Suk had spouted the sayings of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung and never for a moment harbored a doubt: Capitalists were the enemy. Individualism was evil. But then disaster rained down on her hometown, Chongjin, on North Korea's remote east coast. Factories ran out of fuel. Food rations stopped. Watching her family slowly succumb to the famine -- her mother-in-law, husband and son eventually would die of starvation -- Kim realized she had to change.