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The humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique is increasingly worried about violence

May 30, 2020

Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique has been the scene of increasingly frequent attacks in recent weeks, allegedly for the work of militiamen who are related to the Islamic State and not only expel thousands of people, but also affect the activities of humanitarian organizations in the zone. Both the United Nations and NGOs acknowledge their concern.

“I am extremely concerned about the situation in Cabo Delgado, where the lives of the people have been shaken by ongoing attacks,” said the regional head of the UN Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA) in statements to Europa Press to the South and South East Africa, Gemma Connell.

As the OCHA official recalled, “Hundreds of thousands of people suffered in April 2019 from the devastating effects of cyclone ‘Kenneth’, which was hit by heavy rains and floods in early 2020.” These floods have displaced thousands of people and caused infrastructure damage. More than 200,000 people still living in houses that were destroyed or damaged by the cyclone were hit.

The humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique is increasingly worried about violenceThe humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique is increasingly worried about violence

Connell also emphasizes, “The dramatic increase in violent attacks by armed groups in recent months,” which has affected approximately 162,000 people, according to United Nations estimates. All of this, he adds, “has forced the population to flee their homes, detracted from their livelihoods, and prevented them from accessing basic services, including education and health care.”