January 17, 2011 |
Jean-Claude Duvalier, the once-reviled dictator of Haiti known as Baby Doc, made a surprise return to this country Sunday evening, ending almost a quarter-century of exile and sending out shockwaves of speculation over his motives and intentions. He arrives at a critical moment for a country still struggling to recover from last year's catastrophic earthquake, and now locked in a political crisis that has left it unable to elect a new president. It was unclear whether Duvalier, who has been living in Paris, plans to try to step into the political void.
October 6, 2002 |
"If Auschwitz were operating today," said Rony Brauman, the former head of the Nobel Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders, "it would probably be described as a humanitarian emergency." It was the tired perspective of a tired humanitarian. In the public imagination, "humanitarians" emerged from the chaotic and bloody 1990s as saintly antidotes to the ethnic chauvinists, dictators and other spoilers who got in the way of the "end of history."
June 13, 1995 |
Stepping up pressure on desperately needed aid convoys, the Bosnian Serb army Monday blocked food delivery to U.N. troops in a starving Muslim enclave and conditioned its resumption on the withdrawal of advancing government forces. U.N. spokesman Alexander Ivanko said that ultimatum, made by Bosnian Serb army commander Gen. Ratko Mladic, "is extremely outrageous." It also has become typical here.
June 30, 2004 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell appealed to Sudanese President Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir to rein in militias that he said were responsible for a humanitarian crisis in western Sudan. Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail, appearing later with Powell in Khartoum, the capital, said there might be some humanitarian problems in Darfur province but insisted that "there is no famine, no malnutrition and no disease."
April 29, 2001 |
Heavy fighting erupted in northern Afghanistan, apparently marking the start of a spring offensive despite the country's deepening humanitarian crisis. The outbreak came amid appeals for peace from the United Nations, which is trying to help Afghans displaced by war and drought. An opposition spokesman said the ruling Taliban had made a predawn attack on opposition bunkers in the northeastern province of Takhar and the Baghlan province to its south.
August 20, 2006 |
Two days of heavy artillery and mortar fire killed more than 80 Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka's military said, as the United Nations warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in areas cut off by fierce fighting. The military said the rebel deaths came during intermittent shelling along their de facto border in Muhamalai, in the north. Only minimal aid has been able to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in the north and east of the country, the U.N. said.
March 21, 2006 |
Israel reopened the main goods crossing into the Gaza Strip after warnings of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territory, but later closed it again, citing a security alert. Six trucks carrying flour and sugar went through the Karni terminal, Palestinian officials said. But an Israeli army spokeswoman said the crossing was shut again because of an alert.
July 26, 2004 |
Sudan's President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir said his government could resolve through dialogue the conflict in the nation's western region of Darfur. The United Nations says the region is the site of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. "The Sudanese people and their government are capable of reaching a solution to the problem in Darfur through constructive dialogue," Bashir told reporters in Khartoum, the capital. The U.N.
July 13, 2004 |
Thirty-seven Africans aboard an aid agency's ship were allowed to dock at Porto Empedocle, Sicily, but the captain, a crew member and the head of the aid agency were held on suspicion of aiding illegal immigration. The German aid group Cap Anamur said its ship rescued the men from a broken-down vessel in the Mediterranean Sea on June 20. Some refugees had said they were fleeing a humanitarian crisis in Sudan, but police said they apparently were from Ghana and Nigeria.