Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, May 26th, 2021 – A “USAID Partner Humanitarian Aid worker” was killed, “reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers in Tigray region,” according to a statement released today by USAID’s newly appointed Administrator, Ambassador Samantha Power.
After a USAID partner staff member was killed on April 28 in Kola Temben, Tigray, “reportedly by Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers,” the US government and the United Nations issued statements on May 20 calling on all armed actors in Ethiopia to protect the lives and activities of humanitarian workers throughout Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian army dismissed the report, calling it “TPLF propaganda and misinformation” as well as a “increased attempt to pressurize Ethiopia.”
“The deceased worked with USAID to provide much-needed assistance to the people of the region. Humanitarian workers risk their lives every day to assist those in desperate need as a result of man-made conflicts and natural disasters. As we work with the Ethiopian people toward a peaceful resolution and a brighter future, we hope that his courage and sacrifice, as well as that of other humanitarian workers who have been intimidated, threatened, harmed, or killed in the Tigray region, will not be in vain,” Ambassador Samantha said in the statement.
“At least seven humanitarian workers have been confirmed killed while delivering assistance to those in need in Tigray since the conflict began in November 2020. This recent attack on a humanitarian worker was clearly premeditated, and it is part of a troubling trend of harassment and violence directed at aid workers. We strongly condemn this violence and continue to call on all parties to the Tigray conflict to allow full and unrestricted humanitarian access, as well as to ensure the safety of all humanitarian workers, so that help can reach those who need it.”