Category: Humanitarian News

Venezuelan Migrants Caught In Limbo As Flooding Impacts Region, UN Says

SANTIAGO — The northern Chilean village of Colchane near the Bolivia border is seeing a fast-developing situation due to unrest among migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who are neither being allowed to enter Chile nor return to Bolivia. The scenario is linked to newly implemented migration legislation that requires migrants to self-report to a border facility […]

Haitian Children Relocated Across The Sea To Continue Their Studies After Deadly Earthquake

After the earthquake, many children have found themselves without any opportunity to go to school in the immediate future PORT-AU-PRINCE — The earthquake of 14 August 2021 in the Great South of Haiti had a considerable impact on school infrastructure. 906 schools were destroyed or partially damaged. Many children have found themselves without any opportunity […]

Health Department Updates Senators On The Growing Number Of Homeless In The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services chaired by Senator Novelle E. Francis, Jr. convened in a meeting at the Capitol Building. Lawmakers receive testimony on the status of the Virgin Islands Department of Health on behavioral health in the territory and the Federal funds earmarked for public health […]

Cuba Marks Six Decades Under United States Sanctions

HAVANA — Cuba today marks 60 years under a U.S. economic blockade that has deeply affected the communist nation’s fortunes and shows no signs of being lifted. Decreed by U.S. president John F. Kennedy on February 3, 1962, the embargo on all bilateral trade came into effect four days later. Its purpose, said Kennedy’s executive […]

10 Cuban Migrants Rescued From Sinking Vessel Off Florida

MIAMI — Ten Cuban migrants in a sinking vessel were rescued off the Florida coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A Coast Guard boat spotted the vessel Thursday about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) off Key Largo, the Coast Guard said in a tweet. “They didn’t have lifejackets or safety equipment,” said Capt. Shawn […]

Cuban Children With Disabilities Pet Jaguars And Snakes For Therapy

HAVANA — Baby jaguars and an intricately colored endemic boa known as the “maja” are among the exotic animals at Cuba’s national zoo that parents and teachers say provide unusually effective therapy to children with special needs. Children pet the jaguars and play with their paws, stroke the cool, moist skin of snakes and give […]

Dozens Of People Missing After Boat Capsizes Off Florida: U.S. Coast Guard

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search for 39 people reported missing when a boat capsized off the coast of Florida in a “suspected human smuggling venture.” The Coast Guard in Miami said Tuesday it received a report “from a good Samaritan” who rescued a man “clinging to a capsized vessel approximately […]

Cuban Teenagers Who Protested Communism In Streets Of Havana To Be Tried As Adults

HAVANA — Among those being charged are 55 teenagers, ages 16 to 18, who are being tried as adults. Human rights groups have said the crackdown shows how Cuba’s judicial system is used to crush dissent. The Cuban government said on Tuesday that some 790 people were being charged for sedition, public disorder and other […]

United States Donates Field Hospital and Utility Vehicles To Saint Lucia

CASTRIES — The United States donated a 40-bed field hospital and three utility vehicles to the government of Saint Lucia during a handover ceremony at the St. Lucia Fire Service Training Center in Vieux Fort yesterday.  The donation of the field hospital and utility vehicles, valued at more than $650,000, will help respond to the ongoing […]

Martinique Court Dismisses Slavery Reparations Lawsuit

FORT-DE-FRANCE — An appeals court in the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Tuesday dismissed a request from groups seeking slavery reparations in a blow to efforts that began more than 15 years ago. The court provided several reasons for its ruling, noting there’s a statute of limitations for those crimes and that a French […]