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U.S. to Freeze Funding for Ethiopia as Tigray Abuses Surface

  • Tigray report shows cases of gender-based violence, rape
  • At least 3 million people in need of shelter in Tigray
Tigray protesters gather outside of the United Nations in New York. 

Tigray protesters gather outside of the United Nations in New York. 

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

The U.S. has asked multilateral development banks to suspend funding to Ethiopia as fresh reports of human rights abuses surfaced from the war-torn Tigray region.

The unending conflict in Tigray, a region that borders with Eritrea, has resulted in a famine-like situation, Robert Godec, the acting assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs told a Senate panel on Thursday. The U.S. on May 24 imposed “wide-ranging” economic sanctions against Africa second-most populous nation.