US increases aid to Ethiopia

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The US has pledged to give an additional $170m in humanitarian assistance to refugees in Ethiopia.

This announcement brings total US aid to the east African country to more than $302m since October 2016.

It includes funding for emergency food, medical care, shelter and safe drinking water, as well as programmes to improve sanitation and hygiene, the US Agency for International Development said.

“This assistance will provide vital humanitarian aid to millions of Ethiopians and to refugees who are seeking shelter,” the department said.

An estimated 8.5 million people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance amid insecurity continues along the border of Oromiya and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples region.

The number of displaced people has risen to nearly one million since April, USAID said.

This is in addition to the 1.6 million Ethiopians pushed from their homes by conflict or drought who also need humanitarian assistance.

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