Thousands flee homes as Islamic terrorists takeover parts of Mozambique
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent society yesterday delivered household items and shelter kits, helping 8000 people rebuild their livelihoods in new makeshift places where they fled to.
According to ICRC the attacks on Mozambicans have been recurrent in Cabo Delgado since 2017.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it is concerned about the impact of the armed violence on displaced Mozambicans and their host communities, should this pattern continue.
Increased armed violence has forced thousands to flee their homes in Cabo Delgado, #Mozambique. #COVID19 presents another challenge for displaced communities.— ICRC Southern Africa (@ICRC_SAfrica) May 19, 2020
The ICRC & @CruzVermelhaMOZ delivered household items & shelter kits, helping 8000 people rebuild their livelihoods. pic.twitter.com/oj6EBftayF
In the past few years, thousands of people have been wounded and killed, homes burned down, and property looted. Safe access to affected communities is a challenge for humanitarian organisations like the ICRC, making the real scale of the needs hard to determine.
More people are seeking refuge in the relative safety of larger towns such as Macomia, putting a strain on already scarce resources. Most of those displaced by the armed violence are living with local families, who are generously sharing their homes and what resources they have. Others are sleeping in what open spaces they can find such as empty classrooms.