ADDIS ABABA – The European Union (EU) has announced a new 53.7 million euros humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable people in Ethiopia, including those affected by the conflict in Tigray region.
The EU announced the latest support a day before its Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, scheduled trip to Addis Ababa on Tuesday to meet Ethiopian officials.
In a statement Monday, Commissioner Lenarčič said humanitarian needs –like food security, health, and shelter – are growing in the East African nation.
“Violence is increasing in several parts of the country. The situation in Tigray remains severe despite slight improvements, keeping millions of people in need of assistance,” he said.
But for the EU, he said the key priority “remains to ensure humanitarian access to all those in need in Tigray”.
The European Union has been using its support as leverage to pressure the Abiy Ahmed’s administration over the situation in northern Ethiopia.
In January, its officials moved to suspend its budgetary support for Ethiopia worth 88 million euros ($107mln) until humanitarian agencies are granted access to Tigray.
According to the EU, a portion of the latest humanitarian aid will go to address the critical needs of the most vulnerable refugees residing in Ethiopia.
Nearly 800, 000 refugees mostly from neighboring nations live in various parts of the horn of the African nation.
Featured Image: EU’s Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič [Photo File]