US policies on Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Covid in Africa come under fire in Congress

By Julian Pecquet

Posted on Thursday, 2 December 2021 19:00, updated on Friday, 3 December 2021 16:58
Protestors denounce US stance on the Ethiopia conflict outside the White House in Washington, U.S.
Demonstrators hold a protest to denounce the United States stance on the conflict in Ethiopia, outside the White House in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The State Department’s top Africa official, Molly Phee, faced bipartisan criticism of US policies on an array of fronts this week in her first appearance before Congress since taking office.

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee got an earful on everything from the conflict in Ethiopia to religious rights in Nigeria to the low vaccination Covid rates on the continent during her appearance Wednesday (1 December) before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa. She was sworn in in late September after sitting in limbo for five months because of Republican obstruction.

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