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Mozambique: Humanitarian crisis as thousands flee Cabo Delgado

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Over 300,000 people have fled their homes and villages, abandoning their crops, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance. A situation that has left WFP extremely concerned about the deteriorating food security situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

“We are deeply concerned about the unfolding humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado where conflict and violence have left people without access to food and livelihoods,” said Antonella D’Aprile, WFP Representative for Mozambique. “The growing insecurity and poor infrastructure have meant that reaching out to people in need has become harder and now with COVID-19 the crisis becomes even more complex.”

According to WFP, US$ 4.7 million per month is required to assist those internally displaced in northern Mozambique a situation that will see a reduction in food rations as early as December if no additional funding is secured.

The current Mozambique COVID-19 statistics indicates that, Cabo Delgado currently records the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Mozambique raising fears of a potential increase in the spread of the virus due to population displacements into neighboring Tanzania where thousands have since crossed into for refuge.

Irrespective of significant operational challenges, WFP, in collaboration with the Government, plans to reach 310,000 people each month in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, and Niassa with food, vouchers and nutrition support.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

Cabo Delgado has been experiencing attacks by Non-State Armed Groups Since 2017, gradually displacing communities who are now seeking refuge in other provinces, such as Nampula and Niassa.

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