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US Embassy in Addis Ababa Statement : Deaths of Humanitarian Workers in Ethiopia

US Embassy Addis Ababa
May 20, 2021

The U.S. Government calls on all armed actors in Ethiopia to safeguard the lives and activities of humanitarian workers throughout Ethiopia. The Government of Ethiopia has a central role to play in ensuring the safety of civilians, including the humanitarian community. Further, all armed actors must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law. We call on all armed actors to allow and facilitate unhindered, consistent, and safe access for aid—and aid workers—to reach all people in need.

Since November 2020, seven humanitarian workers have been killed in the Tigray Region alone, and one additional humanitarian has been killed elsewhere in the country. All were killed while supporting life-saving interventions for vulnerable people. We condemn in the strongest terms the killing of humanitarian workers. They must stop and those responsible must be brought to justice.

In the most recent incident, a staff member of a USAID partner was killed on April 28 in Kola Temben, Tigray reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. According to eyewitnesses, he clearly identified himself as a humanitarian worker and pleaded for his life before he was killed by military actors. The circumstances of this incident reflect a troubling broader deterioration in the safety and security of the environment in which humanitarian workers are operating in Ethiopia every day, as well as the worsening humanitarian and human rights crisis.

We honor the contributions of all humanitarians, those who continue to work on the front lines to save lives and those, tragically, who have sacrificed their lives in the courageous act of delivering assistance to those most in need. We express our condolences to their families, loved ones, and colleagues. We strongly urge the Government of Ethiopia to immediately investigate and condemn killings of humanitarian workers and civilians and to take clear action to hold those responsible accountable.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Such atrocities must be condemned in the strongest terms possible. The goons of TPLF have a history of kidnapping and killing aid workers going back to the 1980’s. That is why TPLF is still in the terrorists list database. But I am not saying they are the ones who killed these aid workers but they have such despicable record. These barbaric acts must be investigated and the perpetrators must be held accountable. Period!!!

    • Sir… I am not in no way trying to come across as supporting TPLF…. This statement clearly said “Ethiopian and Eritrean solders killed the aide worker. We should praise our Government when they do right. but also call them out when they do wrong. I am afraid our people are going to support there dear leader no matter what. Just like they do in North Korea and Iran…

  2. TPLF thugs know very much how to deceive and play dirty politics that whites do not believe TPLF is capable of. TPLF now dying to dig itself out of political death hole is throwing all of its dirty political crimes that Ethiopians knew very well from the history of the last 27 brutal years.

    Never take your eyes off from TPLF, the mastermind of deceptive crimes and lies. The first suspect of this killing must be TPLF itself because it is dying to make the Ethiopian army look bad that TPLF slaughtered while sleeping that went to keep Tigray safe.. While doing all other necessary searches never leave TPLF out of question.

  3. Wpw… I am not a supporter of TPLF, but just for once, can we also hold our own government accountable? The statement clearly said “April 28 in Kola Temben, Tigray reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers. According to eyewitnesses, he clearly identified himself as a humanitarian worker and pleaded for his life before he was killed by military actors”… Please, just because you dispose TPLF, don’t cover up for the government when they clearly do wrong. It just takes a way from our credibility.

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