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World Food Programme Resumes Food Distribution in Ethiopia; U.N. Warns of Genocide Risk

HeadlineOct 11, 2023

The U.N.’s World Food Programme has resumed food distribution to 900,000 refugees across Ethiopia, four months after suspending the aid. In June, the U.S. also suspended its food aid, accusing the Ethiopian government of weaponizing humanitarian aid as military units seized the supplies. The World Food Programme said it has “fully revamped safeguards and controls” to ensure the food reaches those who most need it.

In related news, the U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide is warning ongoing fighting between government troops and local militias in Ethiopia is leading to a heightened risk of genocide and other crimes in the Tigray, Amhara, Afar and Oromia regions.

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