World Mozambique: UNHCR warns of humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado

07:20  24 january  2021
07:20  24 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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A senior UN refugee agency official visiting Cabo Delgado described the situation there as "really Meanwhile, foreign criticism of Mozambique 's handling of the crisis is also becoming sharper. UNHCR 's Ms Dikongué-Atangana has acknowledged the complexity of the situation in Cabo Delgado

As the humanitarian crisis deepens in Mozambique , with hundreds of thousands fleeing a deadly Islamist insurgency, the United Nations launched an appeal on Friday for 4 million. A group known locally as Al-Shabab unleashed a violent campaign in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province in 2017

Des dizaines de milliers de civils ont fui les violences dans la province de Cabo delgado, dans le nord du Mozambique. © Alfredo Zuniga AFP Tens of thousands of civilians have fled violence in Cabo delgado province, in northern Mozambique.

The Portuguese Foreign Minister, whose country currently chairs the EU, spent three days in Mozambique over the weekend. The EU-Maputo reports were discussed, particularly on the security issue, which is of growing concern. The increase in jihadist attacks in the north of the country, Cabo Delgado, "worsens the humanitarian crisis", alerted the United Nations at the same time.

In 2020, the number of internally displaced persons rose from 90,000 to over 565,000. At least 2,500 people were killed. Senior UN officials in southern Africa have jointly communicated their concern, urging the international community to act.

Jihadist attacks in Mozambique fuelling aid crisis, says UN

  Jihadist attacks in Mozambique fuelling aid crisis, says UN Militant attacks in northern Mozambique have created a "worsening humanitarian crisis," the United Nations said Wednesday, estimating that more than half a million people had now fled their homes. A shadowy jihadist group known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama has wreaked havoc in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017, ransacking villages in a campaign to establish an Islamist caliphate. After pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2019, the jihadists escalated attacks, sometimes carrying out beheadings and abducting women and children.

Islamist militants unmask as crisis mounts in Mozambique ’s Cabo Delgado . ‘These people have a jihadi programme; they want to establish an Islamic Since March, the few international aid groups working in Cabo Delgado have mostly pulled back to the province’s capital city, Pemba, leaving

In Cabo Delgado , in the north of Mozambique , a humanitarian crisis is unfolding that is receiving Around 390,000 people have been displaced in Cabo Delgado , one of the poorest parts of the Those fleeing must often abandon their homes without any warning ; on foot, with no food, water

Among them, the Burkinabè Valentin Tapsoba, director of the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees for Southern Africa, who recently visited in northern Mozambique . “The current situation is extremely urgent, he warned. The international community cannot stand idly by, otherwise the balance sheets will swell and the deaths will be counted in the tens of thousands. "

Among the subjects that worry him, Valentin Tapsoba notably mentioned" all these young people displaced without occupation ". "They are not going to school, and if nothing is done Mozambique will inherit a lost generation," he said. He also pointed to the "worrying shelter conditions" of these displaced persons, 90% of whom "remain with host families, who selflessly receive family members, friends and sometimes strangers".

“This has serious consequences on their already scarce resources, and on the lack of space. I visited a family in Pemba that was hosting 66 people. The displaced all slept on the floor in the same room and shared a single toilet. You understand the promiscuity and hygiene issues that this poses. »

See also: International support for Mozambique is increasing to secure Cabo Delgado

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