US to Give Additional $136 Million in Aid to Ethiopia, Nearly 8 Million Ethiopian in Need of Urgent Aid

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday it will provide an additional $136 million in humanitarian aid to the drought-stricken Ethiopia .

According to USAID  nearly 8 million Ethiopians are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Without it, the agency said “food insecurity could reach catastrophic levels for some families in the worst-affected areas” and result in “the displacement of affected populations.”

The latest round of humanitarian aid increases to $458 million the amount of assistance the U.S. has provided to Ethiopia and Kenya this fiscal year.

In addition to drought-caused food shortages, the countries have had to grapple with armed conflicts and economic turmoil that caused reductions in medical care, shelter and safety and sanitation services.