The world food program and united states agency for international development have suspended food deliveries in Tigray in northern Ethiopia, following the discovery that relief aid had been stolen.

USAID administrator Samantha power, said food shipments had been diverted and sold on the local market, saying deliveries would resume once there was confidence that they would reach the intended population, facing famine.

The interim leader of Tigray, Getachew Reda, says he’s setting up a task force to tackle aid theft, while calling on humanitarian agencies to continue delivering aid to the most vulnerable.

Millions of people in Tigray suffer from food shortages after a two-year war between Ethiopian government forces and the Tigray people’s liberation front.

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