A group of Mozambican businesspeople in South Africa have collected eight tons of products to support victims of armed violence in Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country, the promoter of the initiative announced this Monday.
“The organisation was created to help address the disasters befalling Mozambique. Our attention is on Cabo Delgado, helping war victims through the donation of food products and money,” promoter of the initiative Laísse Lichucha said, quoted by Television of Mozambique.
The group of Mozambican businesspeople, through the Laísse Lichucha Foundation, intends to collect a total of 16 tons of products, Lichucha said.
“The big goal is to help Mozambique,” he reiterated.
“We have already carried out several initiatives here [in South Africa], but this is the first for our land in matters related to the province of Cabo Delgado,” added Nelson Nhantumbo, another foundation member.
Armed groups have terrorised Cabo Delgado since 2017, with some attacks claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State, in a wave of violence that has already caused more than 2,500 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and displaced 714,000 people, according to the Mozambican government.
The most recent attack, on March 24, was carried out against the town of Palma, causing dozens of deaths and injuries in numbers yet to be ascertained.
Mozambican authorities regained control of the town, but the attack led oil company Total to indefinitely abandon the main construction site of the gas project scheduled to start production in 2024, on which many of Mozambique’s expectations for economic growth in the next decade are based.
Source: Lusa / Voa Portugues