Washington DC, 9 June 2022 (TDI): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the restoration of basic services as well as support for an inclusive political process that will guarantee security for all Ethiopians and accountability for human rights violations.

The progress in getting more regular access to humanitarian assistance to people in need in Ethiopia’s Afar, Amhara, and Tigray areas is welcomed by the US.

An estimated 5 million people are in danger due to the increasing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray area.

As the conflict continues, the demand deepens, particularly among the 2 million war refugees and 300,000 people in Tigray, Amhara, and Afar who are at risk of starvation.

In Ethiopia, Catholic Relief Services has fed 2 million people and provided safe drinking water to thousands more.

However, with so many more people in need of help and without a place to live, the demand is greater than ever.

Because of the tireless efforts of all humanitarian workers dedicated to saving lives, more than 1,100 trucks have arrived in Tigray in the last seven days to provide life-saving food, malnutrition treatment and health supplies, and other important relief materials to the most vulnerable.

The US Secretary of State is particularly grateful for the cooperation of the government of Ethiopia, Afar regional authorities, and Tigrayan regional authorities in facilitating the delivery of this aid, as well as the efforts of UN agencies, international organizations, US government partners, and humanitarian organizations throughout Ethiopia.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the parties to keep up the pace and go forward with talks to find a long-term solution to the conflict. We also demand the quick restoration of key services in conflict-affected areas.

He supported an inclusive democratic process that ensures security and prosperity for all Ethiopians.

He is also working for the accountability of all parties who are involved in human rights violations.

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