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When a bomb pulverized the federal building just a few blocks from the branch office of Southwestern Bell, the company quickly offered the building as a rescue command post. Within a couple of days, however, the company decided that wasn't good enough. It followed up with a $1-million donation. In Silicon Valley, a financial analyst pledged his entire $53,000 salary to a college fund for the children who lost parents in the blast. New York financier Henry Kravis kicked in $200,000.
September 26, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck southwestern Pakistan this week rose to 357 Thursday, as security concerns in restive Baluchistan province impaired efforts by search crews to reach tens of thousands of stranded citizens. Members of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary force were busy on rescue operations in Awaran, the worst-hit district, Thursday afternoon when they came under attack by militants, military officials said. The attackers were repelled with no loss of life, they added without providing more details.
January 23, 1985 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Private relief groups are expressing concern that publicity about the alleged misuse of funds earmarked for African famine victims by a Christian aid organization in Camarillo may discourage public giving at the very time the need is growing more acute.
January 30, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Almost on impulse, almost 35 years ago, Richard M. Walden and a friend rounded up six tons of relief supplies and a jet to ferry them to Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia. Thus was Operation California - now Operation USA - born. A Times headline soon called him the "charity buccaneer," a red-tape-slashing contrarian who fretted about the "international web of neglect," and who still has sharp words for relief efforts unmet and relief agencies that don't measure up. He has steadfast celebrity supporters, like Julie Andrews, but the advent of social media that let anyone text a few bucks to Lady Gaga's favorite charity in the middle of a concert has made things harder for brick-and-mortar charities like Operation USA. Walden soldiers on, boldly going where too many charity-come-latelies can only try to go. You began in 1979 as Operation California; now it's Operation USA. Our legal name is Operation California.
January 15, 1985 | DOUG SMITH and RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Staff Writers
The president of a Camarillo-based Christian evangelical group whose fund-raising practices are being investigated by federal and local authorities Monday denied news reports that the group has raised millions of dollars through its nationwide advertising appeal for aid to Ethiopia but failed to deliver any aid to the African nation. L. Joe Bass, president of Inter-Aid Inc.
August 30, 1987 | DIDRIKKE SCHANCHE, Associated Press
The leader of rebels in southern Sudan says his forces will bar international relief agencies operating in the area under the auspices of the Sudanese government. "If they are there under our auspices, we will protect them," John Garang said in an interview during a visit to the Ethiopian capital. "But when they are working for the other side . . . they are there at their own risk."
February 4, 1994
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday distributed $424,000 in relief grants to 44 area nonprofit agencies that are providing emergency services to victims of the Northridge earthquake. The organization also will give $200,000 to the American Red Cross, raising the total amount the United Way has donated to the Red Cross since the Jan. 17 quake to $450,000.
December 6, 1987 | ROBERT BARR, Associated Press
Relief agencies are gearing up to fight another African famine, hoping their hard-won experience will contain the crisis without harrowing pictures of starving children, without hungry people leaving their land, without people dying. "While we are certain that people will die, we do not anticipate the great extent of last time," said Beth Griffin of Catholic Relief Services. Neither can the relief organizations count on the great outpouring of cash that eased the famine of 1984 and 1985.
December 25, 1992 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Christmas Eve, James Maxwell walked two miles and waited half an hour for food. He has been homeless and unemployed for about five months, and he sleeps in a tent in the dry Ventura River bottom. He collects bottles when he isn't doing manual labor for less than minimum wage. Munching on a cinnamon doughnut at Project Understanding's drop-in center in Ventura, Maxwell said food is the least of his concerns.
Bitter cold, bad roads, masked gunmen, land mines, lack of information, massive psychic trauma--these were just some of the problems a growing army of refugees and relief workers faced Wednesday as the flight of people from war-torn Kosovo continued unabated. Some humanitarian aid agencies predicted that the tide of misery could eventually include 500,000 people, amid fresh reports that ethnic Albanians were being driven from the Yugoslav province. U.N.
November 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
New York City voters give their leaders high marks for dealing with Hurricane Sandy, but it was the governor of New Jersey who won the highest accolades, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday. New Yorkers continue to deal with the after-effects of the superstorm that made landfall at the end of last month and the cleanup and restoration of much of metropolitan New York is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. Not surprisingly, those New Yorkers living outside Manhattan said by a majority of 51% to 41% that the central borough was favored by government and relief agencies, while those living in Manhattan said they weren't favored by a narrow 47%-44% margin, the poll found.
June 10, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
Syria plunged deeper into chaos Friday as security forces continued to open fire on peaceful pro-democracy protesters, and refugees fled into the countryside and across the border to Turkey. At least 48 people were reported to have been killed, according to pro-democracy activists, as government forces sought to quell protests in dozens of Syrian cities and towns, including Damascus, the capital. In opposition strongholds such as Jisr Shughur near the Turkish border and the western city of Homs, security forces fired shells from tanks and heavy-caliber weapons mounted on armored personnel carriers, said witnesses reached by telephone.
January 27, 2010 | By Scott Kraft
Farrah Leolo, a 9-year-old with a charming smile, was dressed for an important journey. Her hair was braided and she wore a crisp white blouse and pink slacks. In her pocket, she had cookies and passport-sized photos. A few minutes after Farrah left the Horizon of Hope child-care center with French Embassy officials this week, her adoptive mother called the center's owner, Kathelen Douyon, from Paris. "She looked so beautiful," Douyon told the mother. Then, choking back tears, she silently handed the phone to an aide and put her face in her hands.
September 19, 2008 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
Bankers, politicians and economists grasping for ways to address the financial crisis are rallying behind a solution with its roots in the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s -- the creation of a single government agency to buy up billions in bad bank debt and other assets. The idea, which is gathering steam almost as fast as some of Wall Street's leading institutions have collapsed, is to create a relief agency along the lines of the Resolution Trust Corp.
February 11, 2006 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Former FEMA director Michael D. Brown testified Friday that, hours before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, he called President Bush directly and told him the massive storm was going to be "a catastrophe within a catastrophe." And the next day, with New Orleans levees collapsing, he called a senior White House aide to report "our worst nightmare" had occurred.
September 17, 2005 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Despite millions of dollars spent in crisis management drills and dozens of plans to deal with earthquakes and other calamities, Southern California emergency preparedness agencies have done little to plan for mass displacement and destruction across a broad swath of the region on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, according to interviews with state and local authorities.
President Bush ordered an additional 5,000 troops into Florida on Saturday, and made nearly $300 million available to the two principal federal agencies involved in the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Those troops will bring the total on active duty in southern Florida to 19,400 by the middle of the week, the White House said Saturday night.
December 26, 1991 | RAKIYA OMAAR, Rakiya Omaar, a Somali, is executive director of the New York-based human-rights organization Africa Watch. and
Mohamed Siad Barre, the former despot of Somalia, frequently promised that he would leave behind neither a country nor a people. To a large extent, he has succeeded admirably. The current bloodshed is the work of rival factions of the Hawiye clan and, within the same rebel movement, the United Somali Congress. Hungry for power, their two leaders are exploiting the gun culture that developed during Siad Barre's time.
September 11, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
It started out as a small, homegrown plan hatched by a group of tattooed, chain-smoking guys from Lake Elsinore. Enraged by what they felt was an inadequate government response to Hurricane Katrina, and the gut-wrenching images on television from New Orleans and Mississippi, they decided they had to try to make things right. Like other relief efforts, this one caught fire.
January 2, 2005 | Paul Watson, Barbara Demick and Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writers
At a dawn Mass the day after Christmas, as Father Maria Devanesan lifted the host above his head in reverence, the large white wafer began to tremble. It was 6:30 a.m. in southern India. A tremor had traveled more than 1,000 miles, speeding through the Earth's crust from the seabed off Indonesia to the seashore of India. Now it rattled the pews of St. Thomas Cathedral.
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