UNHCR / MOZAMBIQUE DISPLACED POPULATION

06-Apr-2021 00:02:49
Displaced people reaching safety in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province received support after a recent attack by insurgents on the coastal town of Palma. Attacks forced at least 11,000 people to flee Palma with thousands more reported to be trapped inside the area. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / MOZAMBIQUE DISPLACED POPULATION
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DATELINE: 5 AND 6 APRIL 2021, PEMBA, CABO DELGADO, MOZAMBIQUE
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05 APRIL 2021, PEMBA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Wide shot, displaced people outside sports stadium in Pemba turned to a transit center
2. Med shot, tracking shot displaced people walking into hall
3. Various shots, UNHCR staff carrying relief items
4. Med shot, UNHCR staff working in transit center
5. Wide shot, displaced people waiting for distribution of relief items
6.Various shots, displaced people in hall
7. Wide shot, UNHCR protection staff talking to young child
8. Various shots, displaced people in hall

06 APRIL 2021, PEMBA, MOZAMBIQUE

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Margarida Loureiro, Head of office, Pemba, UNHCR:
“I am here at the temporary center where around 270 people are living - not in the best conditions. They're okay now in terms of having a shelter or provisional shelter but of course this is not the ideal condition. These are people that are exhausted. They arrived by many means most of them arrived in a boat a few days ago but some also by walking. The sentiment is transversal to everyone I've been speaking with. They are highly traumatized by what they have seen by what they have experienced seeing their families, their friends being killed, seeing their houses being completely destroyed.”

05 APRIL 2021, PEMBA, MOZAMBIQUE

10. Various shots of displaced people outside at transit center
STORYLINE
Displaced people reaching safety in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province received support after a recent attack by insurgents on the coastal town of Palma. Attacks forced at least 11,000 people to flee Palma with thousands more reported to be trapped inside the area.

Civilians have been arriving in Pemba, Nangade, Mueda and Montepuez by foot, road, and boat since 24 March, in the aftermath of the attack on Palma.

Humanitarian flights that helped evacuate hundreds initially have now been suspended pending further clearance by authorities.
SOUNDBITE (English)(Margarida Loureiro, UNHCR Head of office, Pemba:
“I am here at the temporary center where around 270 people are living - not in the best conditions. They're okay now in terms of having a shelter or provisional shelter but of course this is not the ideal condition. These are people that are exhausted. They arrived by many means most of them arrived in a boat a few days ago but some also by walking. The sentiment is transversal to everyone I've been speaking with. They are highly traumatized by what they have seen by what they have experienced seeing their families, their friends being killed, seeing their houses being completely destroyed.”

Three years of turmoil in the north of Mozambique has displaced nearly 700,000 inside the country – most during the last year.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has warned that this number could cross the million mark by June this year if the ongoing violence does not stop.

UNHCR is putting in place measures to receive more arrivals in the coming days and staff are reaching areas outside Pemba to assist newly displaced people.

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 have left families torn apart, many still unable to leave. Among the vulnerable groups arriving in Pemba were unaccompanied children, separated families and older people.

UNHCR and its partners have been distributing relief items, including blankets and sleeping mats. Some people are being accommodated in a transit centre in Pemba, set up by the Government, while the majority of displaced people are living with relatives and friends whose scarce resources are being rapidly exhausted.
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