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The US taxpayer-debt has given almost half a billion dollars, that we don’t have, to Ethiopia in recent months. It is unclear if this includes the recently announced $181 million, or if the $181 million is in addition to the almost half a billion dollars
The $181 million in aid is allegedly to feed 3 million people in Ethiopia, whereas over ten times more Americans already struggled with hunger pre-pandemic. A recent ice storm exposed problems with US water infrastructure, as well. Americans need to learn that any charity should start at home. Furthermore, the US has allowed a lot of Ethiopians to immigrate in recent decades. They, and other members of the Ethiopian diaspora, can make their own private donations, if donations are needed.
The Ethiopian government says that there is no famine and that things are returning to normal. For reasons which remain unclear, the Biden Administration appears to want to overturn the current Ethiopian government. So, one must wonder if this is really for food or if it is for weapons for Tigray Rebels.
Ethiopia was always an independent country, excepting a short occupation of a few years by fascist Italy. After the monarchy was overturned, Ethiopia was various communist factions at war. Since Eritrea got its independence, Ethiopia’s not even on the Red Sea, so it shouldn’t impact Suez Canal access. Because it’s on the Nile, it’s of interest for countries in the region, however. Neither the US, nor Russia, nor China, should be meddling in the region. Nor India: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/10/22/the-lesser-known-story-of-indias-role-in-ethiopian-land-deals-2/
“Ethiopia famine aid ‘spent on weapons’” By Martin Plaut Africa editor, BBC World Service Page last updated at 11:07 GMT, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 “Millions of dollars in Western aid for victims of the Ethiopian famine of 1984-85 was siphoned off by rebels to buy weapons, a BBC investigation finds”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8535189.stm
“BBC holds firm over Ethiopia famine funds report: Bob Geldof and charities deny aid was spent on weapons but corporation executives say reports are credible https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/mar/07/bbc-holds-firm-ethiopia-famine-funds
As of December 2019, pre-pandemic: “More than 35 million Americans live in households that struggle against hunger. One in ten (10.5 percent) of households in the U.S. experience food insecurity…. The rates of food insecurity were much higher for households headed by African Americans (19.1 percent — two and a half times the rate for white non-Hispanic households (7.9 percent)) and Hispanics (15.2 percent — two times the rate for white non-Hispanic households (7.9 percent)…” https://frac.org/hunger-poverty-america
“The image painted by USAID about the situation in Tigray itself is starkly different from one that is shared by Ethiopian authorities. Since the outbreak of the conflict in the region in November 2020, the Ethiopian government has been providing more than 70 percent of humanitarian aid ( food and other supplies)…. recent news coverage by state owned media indicated that most of the areas in the region, including Mekelle city, are returning to normalcy.” See: “USA to spend $181 million to Ethiopia to provide “5.2 million people” humanitarian aid in Tigray”, June 10, 2021 https://borkena.com/2021/06/10/usa-to-spend-181-mln-provide-5-2-million-people-food-aid-in-tigrayethiopia/
“UNITED STATES PROVIDES EMERGENCY FOOD, WATER, AND AID TO FEED THREE MILLION PEOPLE FACING FAMINE IN TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Office of Press Relations
Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $181 million to deliver life-saving food, agricultural supplies, safe drinking water, shelter, health care, and essential services to protect the most vulnerable in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where a worsening humanitarian catastrophe threatens millions of civilians.
This urgently needed humanitarian aid will address life-threatening hunger and acute malnutrition by providing nearly 100,000 metric tons of food—enough to feed three million people for nearly two months—as well as seeds, tools, and fertilizers for farmers to replant crops intentionally destroyed by armed actors. In addition, USAID will help protect the most vulnerable with safe spaces and psychosocial support for women and girls, case management for survivors of gender-based violence, training for social workers and community case workers, and programs to reunite children separated from their families. The United States is the world’s largest donor of humanitarian assistance for the Tigray response, contributing nearly $487 million since the crisis began.
The already dire situation in Tigray is deteriorating at alarming speed. As a result of the conflict, nearly 90 percent of Tigray’s population —as many as 5.2 million people—need urgent assistance. USAID experts report that food scarcity in Tigray may already rise to the level of famine, threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Communities are starving, and the number of malnourished children is increasing each week. These conditions will continue to worsen without vast improvements in humanitarian access, an immediate ceasefire, and an end to the systematic atrocities being committed against civilian populations by armed actors.
Despite the insecurity and severe constraints on humanitarian access, USAID and its partners are providing life-saving aid to millions who need it most. Since March 1, 2021, USAID has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. Government’s response on the ground. But, the United States cannot respond to the humanitarian crisis alone. The magnitude of this crisis is too vast, and with famine looming, the stakes are too high. Other donors must urgently step up to increase their contributions and raise their voices to secure an immediate ceasefire. The Government of Ethiopia must remove the many barriers that continue to prevent aid workers from saving lives, and all parties to the conflict must take immediate steps to protect the security and safety of these workers—nine of whom have already lost their lives while serving others.
While humanitarian assistance will help alleviate urgent needs, it will not address the root causes of the suffering in Tigray. All parties must end the fighting and work with the international community to secure a political settlement, promote national reconciliation, and ensure accountability for those responsible for atrocities.
For the latest updates on U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Tigray response, visit: Ethiopia | Humanitarian Assistance | US Agency for International Development”. https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/jun-9-2021-united-states-provides-emergency-food-water-and-aid-feed-three-million
Just whatever excuse to waste money, increase the debt, and strangle Americans with taxes. The US has no real historic ties to Ethiopia and they can take care of themselves. Ethiopia was always formally independent and never colonized except a short stint under Italy: “USAID Launches $181 Million in Activities to Help Prevent Maternal and Child Deaths Addis Ababa”, October 16, 2017 https://et.usembassy.gov/usaid-launches-181-million-activities-help-prevent-maternal-child-deaths/