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Rep. Bass on Tigrayan Forces Looting USAID Warehouses in Amhara Region

September 1, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement:

“I am greatly troubled by the recent reports of looting at USAID warehouses containing humanitarian food supplies. These actions by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) will have a direct effect on nearly 5 million Ethiopians who need serious support, and for the first time, USAID is inhibited from doing its job of providing food aid to those who most need it.

This ongoing conflict has created a humanitarian crisis throughout the country, killed thousands, and has placed a heavy burden on a once thriving economy. The TPLF must allow food supplies to be delivered to the people of Ethiopia, and the international community must do all we can to help bring this conflict to a peaceful end. I urge all sides to negotiate a peaceful resolution to this conflict, because all Ethiopians are affected, but this is undeniably harming the country’s most vulnerable population.”