USAID Announces Additional $97M In Emergency Food Aid To Ethiopia; U.N. SG Ban Calls For More Donor Assistance

Agence France-Presse: Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades: U.N.
“Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday…” (Boulo, 1/31).

Associated Press: U.S. pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought
“The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Sunday…” (Schemm/Meseret, 1/31).

U.N. News Centre: Visiting drought-hit region of Ethiopia, Ban urges support to Government-led humanitarian efforts
“The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Sunday], urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the country, before heading to the drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history…” (1/31).

VOA News: U.S. Announces $97 Million for Ethiopia Drought, Famine Relief
“…USAID said the assistance included more than 176,000 metric tons of food that would be distributed to over four million Ethiopians and refugees…” (1/31).