ADDIS ABABA – The United States Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia, Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, on Wednesday visited Amhara regional state to highlight US’s humanitarian assistance to the region, says its Embassy in Addis Ababa.
During her stay in Bahir Dar city, the embassy said Ambassador Jackobson also met with Amhara Regional President Dr. Yilkal Kefale, and spoke with beneficiaries of the U.S.-funded programs at Bahir Dar University, and re-opened the American Corner located at the Aba Mengesha Geneme Public Library.
During her meeting with President Yilikal, Ambassador Jacobson re-iterated the U.S. “commitment to all Ethiopians wherever they live”.
She also spoke about the United States’ call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, unhindered humanitarian access, and transparent justice mechanisms to hold accountable those who have committed human rights abuses.
She asked the president to actively support the movement of aid in the region.
Ambassador Jacobson pledged continued support from the United States towards the region’s recovery, including direct humanitarian aid for those displaced by the conflict.
In 2021, the embassy said the US helped nearly 3.8 million people in the region with life-saving food assistance and allocated nearly $900 million worth of aid to Ethiopia.
Ambassador Jacobson visited the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development, where USAID supports food distribution for internally displaced people (IDPs). “Access for humanitarian assistance continues to be a U.S. priority,” the embassy said.
Featured Image Caption: The US Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia, Ambassador Jacobson speaks to IDPs at the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Bahir Dar on March 16, 2022. [Photo US embassy]