New York Times Articles

The following articles in the New York Times are about Fred Cuny or reference him in the article.  Users may need a digital subscription to the New York Times in order to access the articles, which are in chronological order.


by Jane Perlez, June 10, 1990

WHEN the rains failed in northern Ethiopia last year and the civil war reached new levels of destruction, with thousands of casualties inflicted each month, the specter of skeletal children and mass starvation loomed again, recalling the suffering of 1984. [continue reading]

After the war; Kurds reluctant to return to Iraq

By Chuck Sudetic, April 23, 1991

Five local Kurdish guerrilla leaders spent two hours today touring the still vacant tent city that American marines are building for refugees in a huge wheat field just a mile east of town. [continue reading]

By Clyde Haberman, May 19, 1991

Iraqi troops withdrew today from some positions around the provincial center of Dohuk, and the United Nations said that it would send a small contingent of armed security guards to the city on Sunday under an agreement being worked out with the Baghdad Government.[continue reading]

By Jane Perlez, Sept. 7, 1992

As relief officials scramble to organize food, workers and logistics to alleviate the suffering in Somalia, they are uncovering a disaster that many believe was allowed to spin out of control through international neglect. But now that attention has been focused on the eastern African country’s devastating famine. [continue reading]

By Anthony Lewis, Nov. 20, 1992

“There are a lot of bad situations. This is the worst. It is a national disgrace, a world disgrace.” An old Foreign Service hand was talking, a man you would think inured to disaster. But he was driven to outrage by what is happening today — and what the United States and the world are not doing about it — in Somalia. [continue reading]

By Chuck Sudetic, Jan. 10, 1994

For more than a year, the simple act of drawing a glassful of precious water here has meant risking life itself. But now, after months of secret design, construction and transport of boxcar-size purification and pumping systems, an American aid agency is ready to turn on the taps in the homes of thousands who have been parched since the summer of 1992. [continue reading]

Opinion, Oct. 8, 1994

Anthony Lewis expresses indignation in “Suffer the Children” (column, Oct. 3) that the Serbs have turned off the gas and water in Sarajevo. Water-treatment equipment installed by the Soros Foundation (costing millions) was operational in January 1993. This equipment is capable of providing 300,000 people in Sarajevo with water for four hours a day — safely in their homes. [continue reading]

By Morton I. Abramowitz, April 25, 1995

Chechnya may have claimed a second American victim. The first was a photographer, Cynthia Elbaum, killed by shrapnel in December. Now Frederick C. Cuny, a disaster relief expert, is missing. For the past two weeks, rumors have circulated of his arrest, of his being held behind the lines, of his being caught in the crossfire. [continue reading]

International Herald Tribune, June 8, 1995

I have just returned from five weeks in Russia searching for Fred Cuny. He is one of Chechnya’s great friends and one of the preeminent humanitarian emergency experts in the world. He was trying to aid the victims of the brutal Russian advance in Chechnya. [continue reading]

By Alessandra Stanley, Aug. 18, 1995

Relatives of an American disaster relief expert who disappeared in Chechnya in April said today that he was executed on April 14 by Chechen rebels who were told by Russian intelligence agents that he was a spy. [continue reading]

By Richard Beeston, May 23, 1999

Right at the start of the war in Chechnya, when the Kremlin had ordered its disastrous midwinter offensive against the tiny breakaway republic in the Caucasus, a Western ambassador threw a New Year’s party at his residence in Moscow. [continue reading]

News Summary

July 26, 1999

A Chechen group claims to have the body of the American aid worker Fred Cuny and is demanding a large ransom for its return, say experts familiar with the case. Since Mr. Cuny disappeared in Chechnya in 1995, there have been sporadic and unconfirmed reports that his body may have been found. [continue reading]

By Jane Perlez, April 15, 2003

The retired American general who will run post-war Iraq for the Bush administration flew to Iraq today on a mission to remake the country’s politics, a process he predicted would be messy and contentious. But Lt. Gen. Jay Garner insisted that American-style democracy could sprout on the shards of President Saddam Hussein’s government. [continue reading]

By Eugene R. Fidell, May 11, 2003

MOST autobiographers probably hope they’ll end up being loved. It’s not clear how many readers of ”Taking Liberties” will love Aryeh Neier — but there’s little question that they’ll admire him. Neier (whom J. Edgar Hoover thought ”too rigid” and George Soros has described as ”very pure”) is one of the world’s leading civil liberties and human rights figures. [continue reading]

By John Kifner, April 26, 1991

“Saddam, he says one thing, he does another,” said Suleiman Sindi, his lined face a map of past betrayals of the Kurds. “Now we don’t go to Zakho because there are men in police uniforms, not police, but army. No.” [continue reading]

After the War; U.N. ready to take U.S. refugee role

By John Kifner, April 29, 1991

United Nations officials met with top American military officers at the growing Kurdish refugee camp here today in the first step toward taking over responsibility from American troops. [continue reading]

By Jane Perlez, July 31, 1992

United States disaster experts who made a one-day visit to Mogadishu, Somalia, said today that emergency airlifts proposed by the United Nations would not solve the problem of how to get food to tens of thousands of starving people. [continue reading]

By Leslie H. Gelb, Nov. 19, 1992

“If the Somali war chiefs read in the newspapers that U.S. or U.N. forces are coming to their country to blow their heads off, will they start slaughtering relief workers or start behaving?” asked a senior Bush Administration official. Neither he nor his colleagues have any idea. [continue reading]

By Anthony Lewis, Oct. 29, 1993

A pathetic byproduct of the genocide in Bosnia has been the attempt by some Americans of Serbian ancestry to deny the reality of the Serbian aggression there. “What’s happening in Bosnia,” Bob Djurdjevic of Phoenix wrote to The New York Times the other day, “is not a ‘genocide.’ …It is a tragedy largely inflicted on the Muslims by their own Government.” [continue reading]

By John Kifner, March 10, 1994

Already, United Nations engineering troops and local municipal workers have shoveled away the huge piles of garbage and washed the streets down with hoses from tank trucks. Crews protected by armored personnel carriers are repairing electric lines. [continue reading]

Serbian Forces Cut Sarajevo Water Supply

Opinion, Oct. 22, 1994

William Dorich’s letter (Oct. 8) blaming the Bosnian Government for cutting off the water supply to Sarajevo is misleading. It was cut off by besieging Serbian forces, which then directed much of their sniper fire at Sarajevans forced to carry water long distances from wells. [continue reading]

By Michael Specter, May 16, 1995

The body of a man reported to be Frederick C. Cuny, an American disaster relief expert who disappeared last month while on an emergency mission to Chechnya, has been found shot in the head in a village south of Grozny, the capital, officials said today. [continue reading]

By Alessandra Stanley, July 1, 1995

Early in the search for Frederick C. Cuny, the disaster relief expert who disappeared in Chechnya in April, there were two Cuny family members, three interpreters, a Chechen guide, a Cossack private investigator, two cars with four drivers and several American diplomats and international aid experts working feverishly to track him down. [continue reading]

By Scott Anderson, Feb. 25, 1996

ASA BASAYEV BELIEVES she saw him. “I remember him because he was very big and a little bit heavy,” she said. We were standing on the front steps of the burned-out municipal building in Samashki, a small agricultural town in war-battered western Chechnya. [continue reading]

By Walter Goodman, Oct. 14, 1997

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Fred Cuny, so here’s your chance. ”The Lost American,” tonight’s ”Frontline” travelogue of places tourists avoid, is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of this freelance engineer, adventurer and humanitarian who disappeared in Chechnya in 1995. [continue reading]

By Michael R. Gordon, July 26, 1999

In a macabre twist to one of the most persistent mysteries of the war in Chechnya, a Chechen group claims to have the body of the American aid worker Fred Cuny and is demanding a large ransom for its return, say those familiar with the case. [continue reading]

By John Rothchild, March 5, 2002

Michael T. Kaufman quit his job at The New York Times to edit a magazine in Prague, becoming one of a cast of thousands bankrolled by George Soros to promote ”open societies” in Eastern Europe. There, Mr. Kaufman became fascinated with Mr. Soros. [continue reading]

By David Rohde With Michael Moss, April 23, 2003

Jay Garner, the retired lieutenant general appointed by the Bush administration to oversee Iraq’s reconstruction, made an emotional return to northern Iraq today, 12 years after commanding a relief mission here that saved the lives of thousands of Kurds who had broken with Saddam Hussein’s government. [continue reading]

By Jim Lewis, June 8, 2008

It starts with a plastic tarp, a woven polyethylene sheet, blue on one side and white on the other, about 200 feet square. Propped up on sticks or simply draped over whatever can be found, this becomes a dwelling; generally, four to six people are expected to live there. [continue reading]