US raising alarm over ‘deteriorating’ humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

US raising alarm over ‘deteriorating’ humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

In an exclusive interview, USAID’s team leader urges better humanitarian access.

(Abcnews)—-Hundreds are feared dead after Ethiopian forces and the governing power in Tigray, the TPLF, began fighting.

The U.S. deployed a disaster response team to the region last month, but its leader told ABC News in an exclusive interview that its personnel and aid partners still need greater and sustained access to civilians in the region, warning of a growing humanitarian crisis without international aid.

“Humanitarians absolutely need unhindered access to populations in need, and we are concerned about the fact that there are populations that we haven’t yet been able to reach,” said Emily Dakin, the senior U.S. Agency for International Development official leading the U.S. response in Tigray.

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