Mozambique: Addressing Basic Needs of Displaced Families

The volatile security situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, has led to a continuous increase in displaced persons.

Development Diaries reports that in the areas of Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia, and Muidumb, there have been numerous attacks since September, resulting in the displacement of thousands of people.

According to figures from Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), over 600,000 people remain displaced, while 540,000 people previously displaced have returned to their areas of origin.

Over the past few years, the majority have been forced to evacuate numerous times after witnessing and experiencing horrific violence. Most Cabo Delgado families still live in terror as a result of this, which has a serious negative influence on their mental health.

About 500 families (1,500 people) who had returned in June to their homes in the Macomian town of Novo Cabo were forcibly displaced in November due to further attacks, and many of those who did return are being forced to flee again.

Cabo Delgado has been experiencing a complex security situation characterised by insurgency, violence, and terrorism.

Displacement, disruption of agricultural activities, and restricted access to markets have contributed to food insecurity in the region. Many families have struggled to access sufficient food, leading to malnutrition and other health issues.

Also, the conflict has hindered humanitarian organisations’ access to affected areas, making it challenging to deliver aid and assistance to those in need. Insecurity and logistical challenges have restricted the ability to reach vulnerable populations.

Development Diaries calls for an increase in humanitarian assistance to address the immediate and basic needs of thousands of families that remain affected by the conflict in the region.

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