USAID says donors should intensify calls for “unhindered humanitarian access” into Tigray to prevent famine, hold human rights abusers to account

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power on Tuesday urged the international community, especially donors, to continue to press hard to prevent famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and hold human rights abusers to account.

Power made the latest call when she met virtually with Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships of the European Commission, to discuss follow up from the June 15, 2021 U.S.-European Union Summit.

Administrator Power and Commissioner Urpilainen “agreed to continue to work together, and with other donor partners, to press for unhindered humanitarian access to prevent widespread famine and to promote accountability for the human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia,” USAID spokesperson Rebecca Chalif said.

More broadly, Power and Urpilainen spoke about working together on the COVID-19 response and recovery; and on promoting democracy and fighting corruption, including by supporting countries announcing commitments at the upcoming Summit for Democracy.

The latest meeting follows a minister-level convening of bilateral donor partners hosted by Administrator Power on June 9, 2021 and a high-level event on June 10, co-hosted by USAID and the European Commission where an agreement was reached to call on the Government of Ethiopia and all parties involved to end hostilities. 

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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.

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