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NEWS
November 14, 1992 | From Associated Press
Gunmen attacked a group of international relief workers and their guards in Somalia's capital Friday, and U.N. troops aboard armored personnel carriers came to the rescue, aid officials said. No one was seriously hurt in the attack in Mogadishu, but it underscored the danger aid workers face in Somalia, plagued by drought and roving bandits who steal food shipments and sell them on the black market. It marked the first time U.N. forces had rescued aid workers in Somalia.
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NEWS
June 16, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Two German relief workers, the last Western hostages held in Lebanon, were freed Monday night, the Iranian news agency and a Lebanese police source said. But sources at the German Foreign Ministry in Bonn said they had no confirmation that Heinrich Struebig and Thomas Kemptner had been freed. The Beirut bureau of Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency reported that the pair were turned over to Lebanese security authorities after three years in captivity.
NEWS
September 5, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before dawn Tuesday, a cargo plane from the United States brought 500 tents to Jordan. Along with another 500 brought in from a U.N. warehouse in Italy, they were trucked to a stretch of desert near Jordan's frontier with Iraq. By this afternoon, the 1,000 tents should be bursting with refugees from Kuwait and Iraq. But by then, another 5,000 or 10,000 or 20,000 new refugees will have streamed into Jordan from Iraq with nothing to eat or drink and nowhere to sleep.
NEWS
November 24, 1992 | From Associated Press
A group of teen-agers armed with antiaircraft guns stopped a U.N. plane on a runway in the southern city of Kismayu on Monday and robbed the relief workers on board of luggage, money and passports. In the capital, Mogadishu, some U.N. Children's Fund workers were temporarily pinned down by a street battle between two clans. No UNICEF workers were injured, but the incidents show the danger that the many foreign relief workers face trying to feed starving Somalis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A huge military-style cargo plane that delivered an unofficial Russian entry to San Diego for the America's Cup sailing regatta has gone back to Moscow laden with more than 97 tons of dehydrated soup, medicine, baby food and toys, relief workers said Monday.
NEWS
February 6, 1997 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a deadly surge of attacks on humanitarian aid groups, the United Nations withdrew hundreds of expatriate and Rwandan relief workers from western Rwanda in armed convoys Wednesday and sharply curtailed operations in the rest of this increasingly tense country. The emergency pullout from four provinces followed the brutal ambush Tuesday of five U.N.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1989 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six medical relief workers and their two guides were released without charge Monday by Mozambique amid conflicting reports about what country they were in and what they were doing when they were captured.
NEWS
December 27, 1992 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The methodical pace of U.S. intervention here has set off a counterproductive reaction of looting and killing in unoccupied areas that is spreading across the border into Kenya, relief officials said Saturday. As U.S. Marines and other foreign troops in the U.N.-sponsored Joint Task Force take over more centers in the famine zone, Somalia's warring clans are withdrawing westward toward the Kenyan border.
WORLD
May 24, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
Declaring a breakthrough for stalled cyclone relief efforts, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Myanmar's leader had agreed Friday to ease restrictions on foreign aid workers. Senior Gen. Than Shwe agreed to "allow all aid workers regardless of nationalities" so they could "reach all these areas where needy people are still awaiting our help," Ban said. Than Shwe also said the Yangon airport would be a hub for relief deliveries, Ban said. The United Nations chief said Than Shwe took "quite a flexible position on this matter" during their meeting in front of several generals in the military government's remote new capital, Naypyidaw.
NEWS
May 9, 1999 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was midday, and the back of Michael Courson's hand was covered with black ink. Near his knuckles, he had scrawled the word "tent," a reminder that a refugee family in this camp, which he helps oversee, needed better shelter. Farther down, he had written "trash east," which referred to the growing mound of garbage on the eastern end of the field that is now home to 117 ethnic Albanian families from Kosovo.
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