U.S. agency says Tigrayan forces looted aid warehouses in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

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Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021.  REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the U.S. government’s humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID’s mission director in Ethiopia said on Tuesday.

War broke out in the mountainous region last November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. The conflict has killed thousands and caused a humanitarian crisis.

After retaking control of most of Tigray in late June and early July, Tigrayan forces pushed into the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions, displacing several hundred thousand more people from their homes.

“We do have proof that several of our warehouses have been looted and completely emptied in the areas, particularly in Amhara, where TPLF soldiers have gone into,” mission director Sean Jones told state broadcaster EBC in a televised interview.

“I do believe that the TPLF has been very opportunistic,” he added.

Representatives for the TPLF and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Any interference or theft of humanitarian aid is unacceptable and prevents critical assistance from reaching people in need. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the conflict in northern Ethiopia, we’ve seen instances of looting from all parties,” a USAID spokesperson said.

Up to 900,000 people in Tigray are already in famine conditions, while five million others are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, USAID estimates.

For the first time in nine months of war, aid workers this week will run out of food to deliver to millions of people who are going hungry, the head of USAID said last week, blaming the government for restricting access.

The Tigrayan forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of hampering the flow of aid.

Reporting by Nairobi newsroom; Additional reporting by Daphne Psaledakis in Washington Writing by Duncan Miriri Editing by Maggie Fick, Grant McCool and Sandra Maler

2 Comments

  1. I doubt it that Sean Jones has ever served in the U.S Army! If he had, he would have learned that, SOMETIMES, soldiers do WHATEVER IS NECESSARY to SAVE their own people! It is part of a lesson one learns along with the moral imperative of fighting for one’s buddy! “Save your buddy for your own life’s sake!” That is what it means when the Army says, “You fight to SAVE YOUR BUDDY!” BY EXTENSION, you fight to save YOUR PEOPLE! If that is the case, shouldn’t it be the MORAL DUTY of the TDF to get food aid LOCKED UP in Amhara State Warehouses to its people any which way it can? Is there a Mother Theresa Sean Jones knows of in the Amhara Region, who is supposed to unselfishly distribute this food aid to the people who desperately need it?

    Does Sean Jones know that the Oromo Liberation Army has been capturing food items clearly marked “USAID,” from Ethiopian Army camps in Guji zone? Does he care enough to educate himself that he is working with an Amhara elite cabal who would run circles around him when it comes to lying and subterfuge? Unfortunately not!

    MEN DIE AND KILL TO PROTECT THEIR OWN PEOPLE, FORGET NABBING ‘STEALING, HE CALLS IT,” SOME SACKS OF GRAIN TO FEED THEIR STARVING PEOPLE! SEAN JONES HAD LEARNED THE WORDS OF THE BIBLE BUT NEVER ITS PROPER APPLICATION IN WAR!

  2. Hello,

    From whatever public information I can gather, the guy has been working in some capacity or another with USAID in Yemen, Colombia, Jordan, etc…None of these countries seem to have BENEFITED in any significant way from Mr Sean Jones’s ‘wisdom’ and work. Read his Bio on USAID’s website about his purported work in Yemen and you decide for yourself…His role in Colombia is even more telling about what irks this man…It is certainly NOT about saving a people from a disaster, but protecting the State or Power under whose auspices he works from harm!

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