ADDIS ABABA – The United States has donated a shipment of 250 metric tons of humanitarian supplies in support of conflict-affected communities in Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia, through the UN migration agency.
Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, Chargé d’affaires of the US embassy in Addis Ababa, handed over the supplies to officials of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission at a warehouse in the capital.
The supplies will support U.S. efforts to provide emergency support “for tens of thousands of Ethiopians affected by the ongoing conflict in the Amhara and Afar regions,” claims the embassy in a statement.
The Embassy says the supplies are worth over $1.5 million, and include blankets, hygiene supplies, tarps for temporary housing, and buckets.
“Over the past 17 months, the United States has worked tirelessly with our Ethiopian and international partners to provide emergency assistance to Ethiopians in need, wherever they may live,” Ambassador Jacobson said.
“This time USAID’s airlift of relief supplies will provide tens of thousands of families with their most fundamental needs: a warm place to sleep, a place to wash their food and hands, and shelter against the rain and sun,” She added.
This is the second time the US has provided humanitarian supplies to conflict-affected communities in the north, through IOM, according to the embassy.