U.S. gives $91 million in additional food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia


FILE PHOTO: Women wait to receive supplementary food at a distribution centre in Gelcha village, one of the drought stricken areas of Oromia region, in Ethiopia, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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PHOTO: Women wait to receive supplementary food at a distribution
centre in Gelcha village, one of the drought stricken areas of
Oromia region Ethiopia

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Reuters


ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – USAID administrator Mark Green on
Thursday said the United States would give an additional $91
million in emergency food assistance to help ward off starvation
in areas in the south of the country teetering on the edge of
famine.

“I am announcing $91 million in additional humanitarian
assistance for the people of Ethiopia,” Green said after a
meeting with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in
the capital Addis Ababa. “This funding will provide additional
emergency food assistance and vital medical care.”

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He also called on the government to create the political space to
allow all sides of the political spectrum to have a say following
protests that killed hundreds of people last year.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Maggie Fick)

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