Today April 16, 2021 U.S. Ambassador Geeta Pasi handed over 1,500 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to the IOM – UN Migration
to immediately transport the items to Tigray and work with Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) to distribute new shelter materials and supplies to people in need. The sheeting is part of U.S. support to provide emergency shelter for tens of thousands of Ethiopians displaced by the ongoing conflict, alongside other donated supplies including sleeping mats, blankets, and basic household items like pots, pans, and cooking utensils.
“Over the past five months, the United States has been working and continues to work tirelessly with our Ethiopian and international partners to provide emergency assistance to the 4.5 million Ethiopians affected by the crisis in Tigray.
Ambassador Geeta Pasi
USAID – US Agency for International Development‘s airlift of durable plastic sheeting is in addition to USD $305 million of humanitarian aid,” said Geeta Pasi, the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia.
These relief supplies are part of the United States, IOM, UN and international humanitarian organizations’ broader contribution to help people affected by the Tigray conflict. Together the international community has contributed over $500 million in humanitarian assistance to Tigray.
Within that enormous expression of international support, the American people have provided 61 percent of the existing humanitarian assistance with a total of $305 million in food, nutrition, health care, shelter, relief supplies, safe drinking water, and programs to protect the most vulnerable