Humanitarian disaster caused by conflict in northern Mozambique “Beyond epic proportions”, The United Nations issued a warning on Thursday to ensure that it is “deeply concerned” about new reports of violations of civilians in the area.
The spokesperson of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, mentioned “Atrocities committed by child soldiers”, allegedly beheaded Europa News Agency reported that during the attacks by non-state armed groups and the conflict in the Cape Delgado area.
Dugaric pointed out that although “verification of information is extremely difficult, we are first concerned with the situation of civilians fleeing violence and remaining in Palma”, The army regained control three days ago According to the United Nations, this was after the terrorist invasion on March 24.
Humanitarian community in Mozambique “I was at the limit before the attack In the first few months of 2021, in addition to the conflict in Cape Delgado, De Palma also responded to various weather emergencies,” the spokesperson explained.
However, despite its severity, the humanitarian aid funds for the Cabo Delgado crisis accounted for only 1% of the total, and “Need more resources immediately To meet the needs of people fleeing violence in Palma.
Nearly 12,800 people-43% of children- After the violence, they reached the Nangad, Muda, Montepuez and Pemba areas, although more people are expected to continue to seek safety and assistance.
The humanitarian aid deployment in Mozambique is assisting the displaced to reach their destinations and expanding the humanitarian response in Cabo Delgado By 2021, more than 500,000 people have received humanitarian assistance.
In this critical situation, the United Nations once again called on “all parties to the conflict in Cape Delgado to Protect civilians. “
Since October 2017, the province of Cabo Delgado has been the site of attacks by Islamic militias known as Al Shabab, It has nothing to do with the group of the same name that does business in Somalia, and is linked to the Al-Qaida organization.
On March 24, the jihadist group launched an attack in the coastal city of Palma in the province. Millionaire Gas Project Efe reported that it is led by the French multinational company Total.
In the attack that lasted several days, dozens of people were killed-including at least two foreigners-and out of a hundred armed men, about 14,000 were displaced. Besieged the city, beheaded civilians, and ambushed 17 vehicles He is trying to reach the coast and escape by sea to Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado.
According to the United Nations, since the aforementioned organization known locally as Al Shabab began a violent campaign in 2017, about 670,000 Mozambicans have been displaced from their homes in the northern part of Cabo Delgado.
Since 2019, the Islamic State (IS), which has been defeated in Iraq and Syria, has used the so-called Islamic State of Central Africa (ISCA). Among them, the No. 24 mission is one of the bloodiest missions. So far, the attackers have shown greater coordination in it.
However, the analyst guarantees First is the local rebellion -The connection with IS is weak-and most importantly, they insist Polyamine Mozambicans use their actions to justify their actions Poverty, illiteracy and high unemployment Efe reported that the Maputo government has managed the Cape Delgado area for decades.
“Children are the targets of this conflict. They are killed, kidnapped and forced to leave their homes. And safety,” a parish priest in Pemba diocese warned that after evidence showed that jihadists were training and indoctrinating children, the organization condemned the non-governmental organization Save the Children.