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U.S. provides additional humitarian aid and airlifts relief supplies to northern Ethiopia

The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The United States announced on Tuesday that it would be airlifting relief supplies and providing more than $26 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia.

The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, providing more than $1 billion throughout the country over the last year, including more than $663 million in humanitarian assistance since the crisis began.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
USAID Administrator Samantha Power

Nearly eleven months of fighting have left an estimated 6-7 million people facing severe food insecurity and in need of humanitarian aid in Afar, Amhara, and Tigray. More than two million people have fled their homes—many leaving with just the few belongings they could carry—and up to 900,000 people are facing famine conditions in Tigray.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed © Donat Sorokin/TASS Host Photo Agency
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The new funding announced on Tuesday included nearly $8.6 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will provide therapeutic foods for malnourished children; safe drinking water through water trucking and repairing wells; and latrines and handwashing facilities to help stop the spread of disease.

In addition, USAID said it is airlifting relief supplies from USAID’s warehouse in Dubai to Addis Ababa which will be further transported north to respond to recently displaced people in Amhara and Afar.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport
9pmEritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport

These airlifts will include:

  • 3,000 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to help meet the emergency shelter needs of 75,000 people;
  • 26,000 buckets to help people gather and store safe drinking water and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases;
  • Enough Hygiene supplies to help up to 53,000 people stay healthy and prevent the spread of disease; and
  • More than 10,000 kitchen sets to allow families to cook meals, and blankets to keep people warm.

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“While the U.S. remains committed to helping the Ethiopian people, we need to be able to reach them. We call on all parties to facilitate the safe and timely movement of humanitarian aid and to restore the critical services—like electricity, banking, fuel, and telecommunications—that humanitarians rely on to carry out their work,” USAID said. “Humanitarian assistance is critical for saving lives, but this aid will not address the root of this crisis. An immediate end to the conflict is needed to alleviate suffering. All parties must end hostilities and pursue a negotiated cease-fire immediately.”

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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