Mozambique, worsening humanitarian crisis as thousands flee Cabo Delgado

African women walking on a sand road in Mapai, Mozambique African women walking on a sand road in Mapai, Mozambique Photo by Jeanvdmeulen on Pixabay

21 January 2021

565,000 Mozambique civilians have been forced to flee their homes by non-state groups even after the United Nations met with the government.

The people of Cabo Delgado, in  Mozambique,  have been forced out of their villages and homes by rebel groups. More than 565,000 civilians have fled the region as of 20 January 2021, most of which are without adequate food and water for survival. The displacement increases daily despite various efforts from the government and the United Nations (UN).

The climate in Mozambique is far too warm for people to live without shelter. In the past two years, there have been two impactful storms which have devastated the region. These storms are causes of climate change which greatly affects already warm climates, such as Mozambique.

This is not the first time the UN has had to interfere with humanitarian aid in Mozambique. Last December, UN officials visited the country and expressed concern with the humanitarian situation. There is an undeniable need for aid in this region and for the hundreds of thousands of innocent people being forced from their homes and their livelihoods.

UN Regional Directors urged for the construction of greater infrastructure there to be built in Mozambique, such as an education system, to promote human rights and social justice. With new systems in place, they hope to prevent further human rights abuses in the region.

 

To know more, please read:

https://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/joint-un-statement-humanitarian-crisis-and-escalating-violence-northern-mozambique

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/01/1082552

https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/joint-un-statement-humanitarian-crisis-and-escalating-violence-northern-mozambique

 

Author: Gabriella Pavlakis; Editor: Sitara Sandhu

 

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