The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to growing humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict in Ethiopia‘s Tigray region. After nearly four months of fighting between armed groups, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and more than four million people are in need of food assistance.
USAID’s DART will lead the US government’s humanitarian response. The team includes disaster experts who assess the situation, identify priority needs for scaling up assistance, and work with partners to provide urgent assistance to communities affected by conflict.
Since the start of the conflict, USAID partners have pivoted existing programs to provide life-saving assistance in the few areas of Tigray that can be reached. While USAID has worked with partners to overcome many access issues, an estimated 80 percent of Tigray people remain without assistance.
The United States remains committed to supporting the Ethiopian people and is Ethiopia’s largest humanitarian donor. In FY2020, the United States provided more than $ 652 million in humanitarian assistance to address acute food needs, conflict displacement, flooding, a desert locust infestation and the pandemic of COVID-19.
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