United States provides additional humanitarian assistance and airlift relief supplies to help those affected by crisis in northern Ethiopia



United States provides additional humanitarian assistance and airlift relief supplies to help those affected by crisis in northern Ethiopia

Nearly eleven months of fighting left an estimated 6-7 million people facing severe food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance in Afar, Amhara and Tigray

WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, October 12, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United States is airlifting relief supplies and providing more than $ 26 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. The United States is Ethiopia’s largest humanitarian aid donor, providing more than $ 1 billion nationwide over the past year, including more than $ 663 million in humanitarian aid since the start of the crisis.

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

The new funding announced today includes nearly $ 8.6 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will provide therapeutic foods to malnourished children; drinking water through truck water transport and repairing wells; and latrines and hand washing facilities to help stop the spread of disease.

In addition, USAID is airlifting relief supplies from the USAID warehouse in Dubai to Addis Ababa, which will then be transported north to respond to newly displaced people in Amhara and Afar. 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 collect and store clean 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 Over 10,000 kitchen utensils for families to prepare meals, and blankets to keep people warm.

As the United States remains committed to helping the Ethiopian people, we must be able to reach them. We call on all parties to facilitate the safe and rapid flow of humanitarian aid and to restore essential services, such as electricity, banks, fuel and telecommunications, on which humanitarians rely to carry out their work. .

Humanitarian aid is essential to save lives, but it will not get to the root of this crisis. An immediate end to the conflict is necessary to alleviate the suffering. All parties must end hostilities and immediately pursue a negotiated ceasefire.

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