On Dec. 16, Super Typhoon Rai — known locally as Odette — barreled into the Philippines, bringing heavy rains, landslides, and widespread flooding. The devastating storm has killed at least 375 people, displaced an estimated 631,000, left many roads and bridges impassable, and knocked out power in more than 60…
The eyes of the world have been on Afghanistan since late August 2021, when the government of Afghanistan collapsed after an extensive and rapid military advance by the Taliban. Despite logistical and safety challenges on the ground, the U.S. government’s support for the Afghan people remains strong, and USAID’s partners in the country continue their tireless work providing lifesaving assistance.
In mid-October, I joined a U.S. delegation to Doha, Qatar, for meetings with senior Taliban representatives. During these critical discussions, we talked about the importance of the United States’ robust humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people and ensuring our partners can continue to deliver lifesaving aid.
Three powerful cyclones — Idai, Kenneth, and Eloise — struck Mozambique between 2019 and 2021, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced and devastating crops and livelihoods. We recently checked in with several communities on the road to recovery.
On March 14, 2019, Tayobe’s life changed forever. Cyclone Idai — the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere — made landfall in central Mozambique, destroying his home in the village of Mabaia near the Zimbabwe border.
When U.S. Army General Jonathan Wainwright discharged his troops following the end of World War II, he encouraged them to “start being a leader as soon as you put on your civilian clothes.” Seeking a sense of purpose and mission is a common desire for military veterans when they leave the service. It’s not a surprise that many have found their way to USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
On the surface level, it’s easy to view the military and humanitarian domains as polar opposites. The stereotypical images of camo-clad warriors and peaceful altruists paint a picture of two groups destined to clash.
“I will be the first to admit that as a soldier, I viewed humanitarians as ‘bleeding…
USAID Assistant to the Administrator Sarah Charles recently returned from Ethiopia, where a conflict that broke out one year ago in the Tigray region continues to expand throughout northern Ethiopia. She shares five things you should know about what is now one of the most dire humanitarian crises in the world.
On November 4, 2020, fighting broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and Ethiopian National Defense Force. The conflict has displaced millions and left nearly a million people facing famine-like conditions.
Honoring humanitarians who deliver aid despite increasing needs and threats
As natural disasters increase in intensity, wars continue to ravage, and COVID-19 spreads, it has never been more dangerous to be a front-line humanitarian. It has also never been more important. This Thursday, on World Humanitarian Day, we honor the aid workers who, despite these risks, continue to serve others…
Used once and then discarded, 40% of the world’s plastic waste comes from packaging. In light of this fact, many in the humanitarian community are taking a hard look at their own use of packaging and the waste it creates. On World Environment Day, learn how USAID and other humanitarian organizations are working together to create sustainable change.
When a disaster or crisis strikes anywhere around the world, tons of food and other critical relief supplies needed to provide shelter and protection are transported to far-flung locations. These items are carefully packaged so they reach the people who need them rapidly and in good condition. But after urgent…