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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Attack on Humanitarian Workers in Gambella

Gambella _ Ethiopia + Action Against Hunger

US embassy in Addis Ababa
September 13, 2019

Addis Ababa, – The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the violence perpetrated against humanitarian aid workers in Gambella on September 5, 2019, which resulted in the deaths of two staff members of Action Against Hunger, a non-governmental organization.  The loss of these Ethiopian aid workers saddens us deeply, and we offer our sincerest condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.

This attack on a clearly marked humanitarian vehicle is reprehensible, and we urge the quick arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of this crime.  Any attack on organizations that provide emergency nutritional care and humanitarian assistance is fundamentally an attack on the most vulnerable and impoverished families in Ethiopia. 

The United States condemns any violence inflicted on those engaged in humanitarian activities, and we appeal to every level of government to act in their highest capacity to protect all aid workers in the country.

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  1. since the deaths of two staff members of Action Against Hunger, a non-governmental organization in Gambella Ethiopia, refugees were left hunger and starving to death, there’s no one distributing food to them for almost two week, why refugees are being punished for something they didnt done, gambella government knew the people who carried out attacked on UN aids workers. we need immediate help from concern body because now in all refugees camp in Ethiopia especially Gambella Pignudo camp are being attacked on daily basis by anywak people every night.

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