ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The United States will give a further $91 million in food aid to Ethiopia to avert famine in the southeast, U.S. aid chief Mark Green said on Thursday, as he urged the government to open up political dialogue to all sides after deadly protests last year.
The funding raises to $450 million the amount given by the United States to tackle the drought in Ethiopia, one of six countries affected.
The extra $91 million in humanitarian aid “will provide additional emergency food assistance and vital medical care” for Ethiopians, Green said after a meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the capital Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian government and humanitarian groups warned in June the country would run out of food aid for 7.8 million people hit by severe drought, which has also affected Kenya, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria.
Green said he had also urged the government to take steps to …
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