MOZAMBIQUE / DISPLACED HUMANITARIAN

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19-Apr-2021 00:02:30
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said families separated as they fled violence in northern Mozambique are supporting each other, but as numbers grow urgent help is needed. UNHCR

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STORY: MOZAMBIQUE / DISPLACED HUMANITARIAN
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: PORTUGUESE / NATS

DATELINE: APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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11 APRIL 2021, PEMBA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Various shots, newly arrived displaced people
2. Wide shot, UNHCR staff speaking to new arrivals
3. Med shot, woman and child sitting on the ground
4. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Abdalla Mussa, protection officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We have seen several families arriving in Pemba very traumatized and in difficult situations. These people somehow get separated from their relatives including children separated from their parents. We are addressing this together with other humanitarian organisations and the government to find solutions for them.”
5. Wide shot, newly arrived displaced people
6. Med shot, Abdalla speaking with newly arrived people
7. Wide shot, displaced people
8. Med shots, Maria walking
9. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria, internally displaced person:
“My heart tells me not to go anywhere and wait for my husband. When my husband gets here, we will know where to go.”
10. Various shots, Maria sharing information with new arrivals
11. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria, internally displaced person:
“We are staying at the centre with many people and we are working in different groups in the areas of hygiene, communication and health. Water is also being provided for handwashing to prevent children getting sick.”
12. Wide shot, newly arrived IDPs carrying belongings
13. Wide shot, group of displaced people
14. Med shot, IDPs sitting on the ground

STORYLINE:

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said families separated as they fled violence in northern Mozambique are supporting each other, but as numbers grow urgent help is needed.

UNHCR said the number of people displaced by recent attacks in northern Mozambique continues to rise as people still seek safety. Since March 24, more than 19,000 people have fled Palma to the towns of Nangade, Mueda, Montepuez and Pemba. Thousands more are thought to be displaced inside Palma district. Nearly 700,000 people, mainly women, children and the elderly are internally displaced in northern Mozambique, as a result of recurring attacks and violence by non-state armed groups since October 2017.

The Agency warned that this number could cross the million mark by June this year if the ongoing violence does not stop. UNHCR said it was putting in place measures to receive more arrivals in the coming days and staff are reaching areas outside Pemba to assist newly displaced people.

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Abdalla Mussa, protection officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR):
“We have seen several families arriving in Pemba very traumatized and in difficult situations. These people somehow get separated from their relatives including children separated from their parents. We are addressing this together with other humanitarian organisations and the government to find solutions for them.”

The majority of new arrivals are women and children with few belongings, most showing signs of severe trauma following the atrocities they witnessed and worried for those relatives who were left behind. The sudden and deadly nature of the attacks left families torn apart, many still unable to leave. Among the vulnerable groups arriving in Pemba were unaccompanied children, separated families and older people.

Maria has been forced to flee her home twice. In March 2020 she fled to the coastal town of Palma after non-state armed groups attacked her village in Mocimboa da Praia in northern Mozambique. Now, a year later, she has had to flee again, leaving everything behind, after Palma was attacked.
The 31-year-old mother of three got separated from her husband as they fled.

SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Maria, internally displaced person:
“My heart tells me not to go anywhere and wait for my husband. When my husband gets here, we will know where to go.”

At a transit center set up by the Government, she waits, hoping he will find them and that he is safe. She passes time by helping others.

Maria volunteered with UNHCR to organize discussions with new arrivals and share information on the importance of COVID-19 and cholera prevention measures to other women. She also helps to identify gender-based violence survivors and refer them to UNHCR for assistance.
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