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Press release: Foreign Secretary sees UNITED KINGDOM Aid making real distinction in Ethiopia

  • International Secretary James Cleverly has seen trucks set off today to deliver UK aid to parts of Ethiopia affected by drought and conflict, following peacefulness talks and the reopening of humanitarian routes.
  • He has observed first-hand how UK help this year has been supporting over 1 million Ethiopians dealing with drastic impacts of a risky drought and conflict.
  • UNITED KINGDOM Foreign Secretary James Intelligently is holding meetings with the Ethiopian Government and claims UK support to the peace deal which paves the way for a stronger future collaboration.
    UK funded trucks carrying aid have been reaching Tigray, following a vital peace agreement made possible by effective international diplomacy.

The Foreign Secretary will discover UK aid making a difference on the ground. Travelling to a region impacted by both the conflict and drought, he will see vulnerable mothers and children treated for conditions including malnutrition plus malaria at a mobile health clinic run by UK-funded partner UNICEF. The UK government announced last week that it is match up funding up to £2million associated with public donations to Save the particular Children’s UK Aid Suit appeal, with funds raised providing life-saving nutrition and health services for two hundred, 000 women and children in Kenya’s Mandera and Turkana counties. The peace agreement signed within Ethiopia last month is usually bringing to an end two years of a conflict which triggered immense suffering for the people of Ethiopia. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: Over one million Ethiopians have been supported since April 2021 along with £90million of UK help. Success this is a vital step to dealing with the urgent humanitarian requirements, but also longer-term aims pertaining to prosperity and peace. Ethiopia can rely on the UK’s full support in its path to recovery and the international community must also get behind these efforts. The visit coincides with Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day (today, 8 December), from which money raised will provide life-saving diet and health services for over 200, 000 women and kids facing chronic food disadvantages in Kenya.

And now the UK is getting ready to provide further support for Ethiopia’s peace process and longer term reforms to promote peacefulness, justice and economic change. Over 200, 1000 malnourished women and children are already provided with nutritious food, an identical number have received clean drinking water, child protection services have reached 40, 000 children impacted by the conflict and supplied emergency health supplies for 1 million people.

The UK has earlier led calls for a recovery of full aid access to Tigray, with millions cut off during the devastating two-year issue. With almost 30 million in need of emergency aid in Ethiopia, collaborative action from the global community is paramount so the Foreign Secretary is using their visit to discuss stepping up assistance across the international community, along with meetings held with the UN, World Bank, African Advancement Bank and IMF. This evening the Foreign Admin will host a reception for inspiring young Ethiopian leaders. The Foreign Secretary recognises that there is more to be done. That’s why he’s rallying the particular international community, ensuring assistance for the peace deal and more humanitarian aid to deliver wellness, water, hygiene and diet for the 28. 6 mil people in need of assistance. After viewing trucks set off for North Ethiopia today, the International Secretary will tell the Ethiopian government that this is really a symbolic moment which paves the way for a stronger upcoming partnership, delivering lasting peacefulness and safety, with an international community focused on saving Ethiopian lives. The particular Foreign Secretary is repeating that the potential of the UK-Ethiopian partnership goes far further than humanitarian support. Economic reforms can bring greater prosperity to both our countries, as seen through the recent launch of Safaricom – the consortium that includes BII plus Vodafone – in Ethiopia. During his trip, the Foreign Admin saw a sample of the large impact UK aid provides delivered in Ethiopia over the last 12 months. And in meetings with senior members of the Ethiopian Government he can highlight UK assistance just for survivors of sexual assault, strengthening of human rights and improved coordination of humanitarian efforts including much better management of services such because water and education across the country which will save lives.

Notes to editors:

  • Images from the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Semera are available on Flickr following the visit. Footage is going to be distributed by UNICEF.
  • The Foreign Secretary’s visit follows the announcement of a peace contract between the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), mediated by the African Union.
  • At the business wedding reception, the Foreign Secretary will certainly meet with alumni of the Chevening Scholarship who have studied in the UK and start-up founders who may have benefited from the UK-funded “Warka” incubation programme.
  • The International Secretary will also meet with youthful Ethiopian entrepreneurs who have tips from training provided by the British Council, which this month celebrates its 80th year in Ethiopia.
  • The impacts of climate emergencies in Ethiopia have been exponentially boosted by the conflict in the north, creating the largest humanitarian downturn in the world.
  • Nearly 30 mil people are in need of emergency aid in Ethiopia.


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