Germany vows to extend humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia

BY YESUF ENDRIS

ADDIS ABABA– The government of Germany has not reduced its global humanitarian spending amid the Russia-Ukraine war, instead it has been an important provider of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia so far, said German government official.

In a press release sent to The Ethiopian Herald, the Germany Embassy to Ethiopia has announced that Foreign Office Director General for Crisis Prevention, Stabilization, Peace building and Humanitarian Assistance of Germany, Deike Potzel paid an official visit to Ethiopia recently.

During her visit, she vowed that the Germany government will continue supporting drought and war victim communities in Ethiopia, according to the press release. The Embassy has also announced that Germany has allocated 82.3 million Euros to Ethiopia in 2022;which makes it the second biggest humanitarian donor.

“The Federal Republic of Germany has provided assistance for many years.Our humanitarian assistance is based on the principle of neutrality and is purely needs-based. We are extending aid to anybody in need regardless of ethnicity or political considerations,” the Embassy stated quoting Deike Potzel.

Co-hosting OCHA’s launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO), Potzel noted that global humanitarian needs are reaching new heights this year; another disturbing record that is also the consequence of Russia- Ukraine war, which is adding to food shortages in many countries. Climate change is an additional aggravating factor causing more and more natural disasters, it was stated. In related news, the Director General, Deike Potzel also visited the Somali state on 30 November.

The Ethiopian Herald December 7/2022

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