Oct 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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U.S. to airlift relief supplies to Amhara, Afar, announces $26m more in aid; donors discuss “possibility of augmenting road operations” to Tigray

– The United States said it would move “relief supplies” from USAID’s warehouse in Dubai to Addis Ababa, “which will be transported further north to aid the recently displaced people in Amhara and Afar.

In addition, the US announced that it provided “more than $ 26 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia last year, including more than $ 663 million in humanitarian aid since the beginning of the crisis. ”

The announcement for the airlift and additional funding came shortly after USAID Administrator Samantha Power and Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, made an urgent high-profile Ministerial Conference on Northern Ethiopia convened. The high-level ministerial meeting included “G7 countries and other major humanitarian aid donors included high-level representatives from Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and the United States. ”

During the meeting, the United States and its partners discussed, among other things, the“ possibility of increasing road operations – which do not meet urgent humanitarian needs ”. due to government disabilities – by expanding air operations to deliver relief supplies directly to the region. “

The Amhara and Afar airlifts include” 3,000 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to meet emergency shelter needs “75,000 people; 26,000 buckets to help people collect and store safe drinking water and reduce the risk of water-borne diseases; sufficient toiletries to keep up to 53,000 people healthy and prevent the spread of disease; and more than 10,000 kitchen sets for families to prepare meals and blankets to keep people warm. ”In a statement following the high-level ministerial meeting, Ambassador Power said the donors agree that innocent Ethiopians People live rely on the Ethiopian government to immediately restore communications, banking and other vital services within Tigray, and to fully restore transport corridors and air links to Tigray.

“This includes approving much-needed fuel , Drugs and medical supplies to the area, all of which have been effectively blocked by the government for the past two months. Without immediate changes in this regard, humanitarian organizations will be forced to reduce or discontinue their programs and hospitals and health centers will have run out of medical supplies . “

Service day, October December 2021

[Yesterday] Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, and I have convened an urgent high-level ministerial conference on northern Ethiopia – where millions of civilians are currently experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world World. High-level representatives from Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom attended this high-level ministerial conference of the G7 countries and other major donor countries in the context of humanitarian aid as well as the United States. Participants underlined their deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions on the ground and their commitment to the good of the Ethiopian people.

After more than eleven months of fighting, an estimated six to remained
seven million people are severely food insecure. More than two
Millions of people have fled their homes and up to 900,000 people are affected
Famine-like conditions in Tigray where people spend several days
without food and have resorted to eating leaves. The United States is
the largest humanitarian aid donor in Ethiopia and offers more
than $ 663 million since the crisis began, including more than $ 26
Millions of additional humanitarian aid announced today. The USA
pledges to continue to provide humanitarian aid to all
Ethiopians affected by this conflict.

Participants agreed and recognized the urgent need to find solutions to a complex set of challenges facing humanitarian workers and international donors that the continuing spread of the conflict creates a need for the US and our partners to consider different approaches to addressing these challenges. Achieving the most pressing goals – lifting restrictions on humanitarian access to civilians in Tigray and negotiating a ceasefire between all parties – requires coordinated action. Donors supported the efforts of the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, who met Foreign Minister Tony Blinken today. Participants also discussed the importance of the upcoming meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council on October 18 to better align EU member states with the measures needed to move the parties to a negotiated political agreement.

The United States and our donor partners condemned the dangerous
Denigration of humanitarian workers and dissemination of misinformation about
the realities civilians experience on the ground and demanded one
End the ongoing harassment and intimidation of aid workers
different parties to the conflict.

Donors agree that the lives of innocent Ethiopians depend on the government
Ethiopia immediately restore communications, banking and communications
other vital services within Tigray and the full restoration of transportation
Corridors and flight connections to Tigray. This also includes desperately admitting
needed fuel, medicines and medical supplies in the region, all of them
which have been effectively blocked by the government for the past two years
Months. With no immediate changes in this regard, humanitarian
Organizations are being forced to downsize or discontinue their programs, and
Hospitals and health centers have run out of medical supplies. the
The United States and its partners discussed the possibility of an increase
Road operations that are not met due to urgent humanitarian needs
to government obstruction – by expanding flight operations to provide assistance
Deliveries directly to the region.

The participants condemned the unprecedented
Expulsion of UN officials from the country and approved the decision
should be reversed. This action undermines international efforts
Delivering humanitarian aid to millions of people whose lives depend on it
thereon. Donors stressed that humanitarian aid is based on
on needs and on the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality,
and independence – the United Nations and the humanitarian principles
Sustaining community in Ethiopia in their efforts to deliver
life-saving aid for people in urgent need.

Finally, the participants discussed the importance of accountability
for the victims of the conflict and the potential for those to come
joint report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Provide Human Rights Commission and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission
Recommendations on how to end impunity for those most responsible
Atrocities, including widespread sexual violence and extrajudicial violence