The United States on Thursday suspended all food aid to Ethiopia, where its contributions feed an estimated 12 million people, citing “widespread and coordinated” theft of emergency rations in a countrywide scheme overseen by Ethiopian government officials.

The unusual decision was likely to hit hardest the millions of vulnerable Ethiopians already reeling from the combined effects of civil conflicts, climate change and swarms of locusts that devoured crops.

The discovery that American aid had been stolen in Ethiopia on an “industrial scale,” as one senior American official put it, was also another blow to Washington’s already-strained relations with Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most-populous […]

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