USAID announces $128m humanitarian aid to Ethiopia
The United States Agency for International Development on Friday (May 13, 2016) announced nearly $128 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia. Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs Thomas H. Staal announced the new funding in Ethiopia alongside Commissioner Mitiku Kassa- who the statement said is a tireless partner from Ethiopia's National Disaster Risk Management Commission. In his remarks, Staal said, "This new funding underscores the United States' commitment to working with Ethiopia to prevent this drought from becoming a humanitarian catastrophe." The aid is set to provide vital humanitarian aid including relief food assistance, safe drinking water, nutrition services, and mobile health teams to help address the needs stemming from the drought. In addition, it will also help people by providing seeds for food production during the upcoming rains. The statement added the United States has provided nearly $705 million in humanitarian assistance since October 2014, and continues to be the largest humanitarian donor to Ethiopia. It further said the U.S. commends the other donors who have contributed generously to the drought response, and encourages others to join this international effort to address the drought's impacts and also protect hard-earned development gains.