Total number of IDPs in Cabo Delgado now 560,000
The number of people displaced by the armed attacks in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, is around 560,000, according to figures from the government.
The figure represents a 20% increase compared to the figures presented by the Mozambican prime minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, at the end of October in parliament, of about 435,000 displaced people.
The spokesman of the cabinet meeting also pointed out that another armed threat, the attacks by the Military Junta of Renamo, in the centre of the country, have already displaced 9,970 persons.
The total number of residents displaced by the two conflicts ( north and centre of the country) stands at about 570,000 IDPs.
The armed violence in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, is causing a humanitarian crisis with around 2,000 deaths, in which displaced people, without housing or food, have been concentrated in the provincial capital, Pemba – but they have reached numerous other districts in the north and centre of the country.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosário started a working visit to Cabo Delgado, visiting a resettlement centre for IDPs in Marocane, Ancuabe district.
The province where the largest private investment in Africa is being made, for the exploitation of natural gas, has been under attack by insurgents for three years and some of the incursions have been claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group since 2019.
In the centre of the country, a dissidence of the former guerrilla group of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, has attacked public transport and villages in a wave of violence that has killed 30 people since August 2019.
The former guerrillas challenge the leadership of Ossufo Momade, at the head of Renamo, as well as the peace and disarmament agreement concluded between the party and the Mozambican government in August 2019.
Source: Lusa / MIramar