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U.S. Ambassador Tracey Jacobson Visits Amhara Region to Highlight U.S. Support for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace

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The United States Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia, Ambassador Tracey Jacobson  speaks to IDPs at the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Bahir Dar on March 16, 2022. ( Courtesy of US Embassy in Addis Ababa)

US Embassy Addis Ababa
Press Release

Addis Ababa – The United States Chargé d’Affaires in Ethiopia, Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, visited regional recovery and humanitarian assistance efforts yesterday in Bahir Dar.  During her visit, she also met with Amhara Regional President Dr. Yilkal Kefale, spoke with beneficiaries of the U.S.-funded programs at Bahir Dar University, and re-opened the American Corner located at the Aba Mengesha Geneme Public Library.

During her meeting with President Yilikal, Ambassador Jacobson re-iterated the U.S. commitment to all Ethiopians wherever they live and the United States’ call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, unhindered humanitarian access, and transparent justice mechanisms to hold accountable those who have committed human rights abuses.  She asked the president to actively support the movement of aid in the region.  Ambassador Jacobson pledged continued support from the United States towards the region’s recovery, including direct humanitarian aid for those displaced by the conflict.  In 2021 the U.S. helped nearly 3.8 million people in the region with life-saving food assistance and allocated nearly $900 million worth of aid to Ethiopia.  

Ambassador Jacobson visited the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development, where USAID supports food distribution for internally displaced people (IDPs).  Access for humanitarian assistance continues to be a U.S. priority.

Ambassador Jacobson toured the Amhara Regional Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Bahir Dar, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  The United States is proud to help support this valuable initiative, which identifies and responds to public health risks across the Amhara region.

At Bahir Dar University, she met with university leadership, faculty and students involved with both the Disaster Risk Management Master’s program and the Partnership in Business Entrepreneurship and Leadership Transformation program.  The U.S. is proud to support these initiatives that build the capacity of young Ethiopians committed to working towards a brighter future for their country.

Ambassador Jacobson’s day concluded at Aba Mengesha Geneme Public Library, where she presided over the reopening of the Bahir Dar American Corner (BDAC). This is one of several American Corners located in Ethiopia, including in Jimma, Dire Dawa, and in Addis Ababa.  
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Subject: “U.S. Ambassador Tracey Jacobson Visits Amhara Region to Highlight U.S. Support for Humanitarian Assistance and Peace”
    By US Embassy Addis Ababa Press Release, 17 March 2022

    Humble Commentary, 17 March 2022
    Having in mind the entire ancient independent country ETHIOPIA, Ambassador Tracey Jacobson’s visits to Amhara Regio is , no doubt, greatly appreciated by Ethiopia at large. Needless to say, the PAIN of one region in Ethiopia will always be felt by the entire country, ETHIOPIA at large. As an ancient country, by any ‘scale of measurement’, Ethiopia, hopefully, will retain its ONE-NESS regardless of any trace of circumstances and political ambitions by any force around the Globe. Ethiopia, the ancient Black African Country, must remain Ethiopia for ever. In that vein Ethiopia , no doubt, will retain the good ancient relationship with the friendly United States of America — as the world-famous Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia enunciated it on occasion of His visit to His favourite visit to ‘AMERICA ‘., The Great.

    IN CONCLUSION , ONE HOPES THAT THE ANCIENT SOLID RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WLLL CONTINUE FOR THE BENEFIT OF BOTH PEOPLE — AMERICANS & ETHIOPIANS.
    WE PRAY.

  2. When was the last time embassy officials from those two bullies in Moscow and Beijing visited regions affected by this stupid conflict? When the last time Putin or Xi spent 900 millions in US dollars to help the IDP’s or those impacted by drought? Some of us are just worked up about this HR6600 this or that. How about AGOA? Nobody said Ethiopia cannot import goods to USA. Yes it dents the profit margin but with the dirt cheap labor and overhead it should still be competitive. Again, ask those two bullies in Moscow and Beijing to top that.

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