WFP / MOZAMBIQUE DISPLACEMENT

06-Jul-2021 00:04:56
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent funding, one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises in northern Mozambique risks becoming a hunger emergency as families continue to flee insurgent violence. WFP
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STORY: WFP / MOZAMBIQUE DISPLACEMENT
TRT: 4:56
SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT
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12 – 16 JUNE 2021, CABO DELGADO, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Various shots, Exhausted and traumatized, displaced families arrive on Pemba’s main beach by boat.

14 JUNE 2021, PAQUITEQUETE BEACH, PEMBA

2. Various shots, Momade Abudala, a fisherman, receives a phone call from his family back in Palma asking for money to help them escape. Momade has just arrived off a boat in Pemba with a few belongings to sell to raise funds so his family can join him.

13 JUNE 2021, METUGE, MOZAMBIQUE

3. Various shots, Metuge Camp
4. Various shots, Viaze Nassir simultaneously chops woods, cooks foraged beans leaves for her family’s meal while scrubbing the laundry.
5. SOUNDBITE (Macua) Viaze Nassir:
“They started shooting and attacking the village. At that moment, this baby was sleeping in the house.
I went inside the house to take the baby, and they came in… When I picked up the baby, they shouted, ‘’Hey stop, we will kill you! Stop we will kill you!’ I begged, I said ‘no, please don’t kill us. I was already carrying the baby. He was naked, no clothes, nothing at all.”
6. Various shots, Viaze Nassir
7. SOUNDBITE (Macua) Viaze Nassir:
“I would like my children to grow up and study, to help me and help each other because I am without alternatives. In our land, we produced and sold food to support our children's school costs and here that no longer happens, we just stay. These are my children and they have no other family members,so they just depend on me. I feel even more sorry at other times for knowing that these children had a family and help, but today they no longer have help.”
8. Various shots, Viaze’s children and orphaned grandchildren have undergone a traumatic experience
9.Various shots, Viaze’s grandchild being tested for malnutrition.
10. Viaze Nassir receives food from WFP distribution.
11. Various shots, Viaze Nassir receives food from WFP distribution.

16 JUNE 2021, PEMBA

12. Various shots, WFP Executive Director David Beasley talking to Viaze Nassir(Macua/English)
Translator: “She says she saw allot of blood and allot of dead people”
Beasley: “And they burned homes?”
Translator: “All were burned flat”
Translator” They cut people’s necks off”

13. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, WFP Executive Director:
“This was a tourism area, fishing, good economy, people had a good way of life but guess what? Insurgents, terrorists come in rip families apart, burning their homes, killing people, raping women, just exploiting a good way of life and so the World Food Programme is now in here trying to bring hope to people…715,000 people that we are now supporting.”

13 JUNE 2021, METUGE, MOZAMBIQUE

14. Various shots, Viaze Nassir feeding her family
STORYLINE
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent funding, one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises in northern Mozambique risks becoming a hunger emergency as families continue to flee insurgent violence.

“The conflict has destroyed people’s jobs, lives and hopes for the future. Insurgents have ripped families apart, burning their homes, traumatizing children and killing people," said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley who recently visited Cabo Delgado and met affected families.

“These innocent communities are now completely reliant on WFP and our partners to provide them with lifesaving food and help them get back on their feet. We must not fail them,” he said.

The displacement has left at least 730,000 people in Cabo Delgado with no access to their lands and no means of earning a living. According to the latest food security data[1] captured before the attacks in Palma town in late March 2021, nearly 228,000 people are highly food insecure. This number is projected to increase to 363,000 during the lean season beginning in October.

Many of those who fled the insurgency in Palma to neighbouring districts are being hosted by locals who themselves are living hand to mouth. The added pressure on already scarce resources is impacting host communities struggling with rising food prices and loss of income due to COVID 19. According to the latest IPC data, in some districts the host communities are as food insecure as those displaced.

Children are worst affected. Recent IPC data shows 75,000 children under the age of five are suffering from acute malnutrition. The situation is projected to continue deteriorating, with more districts likely to move into the 'Critical' levels of malnutrition.


The oil and gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado has been experiencing an increasing number of attacks by non-state armed groups since 2017. Conflict has intensified over the past year with seven times more people displaced in 2021, compared to the previous year.

WFP is urgently appealing for US$121 million until the end of 2021 to support 750,000 people in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado. WFP warns of the risk of having to reduce rations or even halt its food assistance to displaced people next month if no additional funds are received. With families completely reliant on humanitarian support, a break in food assistance has the potential to set the crisis spiraling out of control.

Viaze Nassir s 40 years old. She was forced to leave her village in Quissanga District after an attack by insurgents in September 2020. The insurgents invaded her village in the early morning. After hearing gunshots and seeing them burning her neighbors’ houses, she grabbed her children and fled to the bush. During the escape, one of the insurgents looked at her and screamed that if she ran he would kill her but she managed to escape with five of her children and four grandchildren.

SOUNDBITE (Macua) Viaze Nassir:
“They started shooting and attacking the village. At that moment, this baby was sleeping in the house.
I went inside the house to take the baby, and they came in… When I picked up the baby, they shouted, ‘’Hey stop, we will kill you! Stop we will kill you!’ I begged, I said ‘no, please don’t kill us. I was already carrying the baby. He was naked, no clothes, nothing at all.”


They stayed a few days in the bush near her village without water and food. When trying to go back home to gather some supplies, her oldest son was captured by the insurgents. She has not heard from him since.

The family walked south for nine days without food. While crossing a river, her oldest daughter drowned leaving behind her four children. Her husband was also injured during the escape. Viaze now lives Metuge camp home to more than 125,000 displaced people near Pembe with her injured husband, three surviving children and four grandchildren.

SOUNDBITE (Macua) Viaze Nassir:
“I would like my children to grow up and study, to help me and help each other because I am without alternatives. In our land, we produced and sold food to support our children's school costs and here that no longer happens, we just stay. These are my children and they have no other family members,so they just depend on me. I feel even more sorry at other times for knowing that these children had a family and help, but today they no longer have help.”
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