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    U.S. announces additional humanitarian aid for Ethiopia’s Tigray region

    The U.S. State Department announced Thursday that it will send an additional $52 million (46.6 million euros) to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which will help some of the estimated 4.5 million people in need and nearly 62,000 refugees who have fled to Sudan.

    According to figures provided by the department, this contribution brings to 153 million (some 128.4 million euros) the total amount that the United States has allocated to the region since the beginning of the crisis.

    This aid will also “provide life-saving protection, shelter, essential health care, emergency food aid, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services,” as well as restore contact between family members separated in the conflict.

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    The State Department has expressed “grave concern about the worsening humanitarian crisis in Tigray” and recalls that the international community must “see the implementation of all commitments, including the lifting of restrictions on the import and use of communications equipment by humanitarian organizations and the granting of extended visas for international humanitarian workers.”

    “Immediate, full, safe, secure and unimpeded access for humanitarian organizations and workers is essential to provide timely and needs-based assistance to those affected by the conflict,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted in the statement.

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    In this way, he warned that the humanitarian situation “will continue to worsen without a political solution”, and the first steps must be “the cessation of hostilities, the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean forces and an end to the Ethiopian government’s deployment of Amhara regional forces in the region”.

    In addition, it is “necessary” to hold accountable all those responsible for human rights abuses and atrocities on all sides involved, Blinken concluded, who also urged other donors to “generously” support the immediate humanitarian needs created by the crisis in the Tigray region.

    SENATOR COONS MEETING WITH ETHIOPIAN PRESIDENT
    It was also reported Thursday that President Joe Biden has sent one of his Senate allies, Senator Chris Coons, to Ethiopia, where he will convey to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed President Biden’s “grave concerns about the humanitarian crisis and human rights abuses in the Tigray region.”

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    He will also convey to him how the situation in this Ethiopian region can generate “greater instability in the Horn of Africa”.

    According to a White House statement, Coons will also “consult with the African Union on how to advance the region’s shared interests in peace and prosperity.”

    Bazezew Zerihun
    Bazezew Zerihunhttps://www.awutar.com/author/bazezew
    Bazezew Zerihun is the Founder, CEO & EDITOR IN CHIEF of Awutar. He lives in Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. By profession, he is Blogger, Content Writer, Web Designer, and Developer. If you want to get in touch with him write via: [email protected]

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