Mozambique Emergency Aid Appeal
Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province of Mozambique, has been going through a living hell ever since October 2017. In a series of over 600 brutal attacks in nine separate districts of this northern region by armed insurgents, who claim allegiance to the Islamic State, and also in the counter-attacks by the national security forces, it is estimated that over 2000 people have been killed, while over 310,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
The most recent massacres by the group calling itself “Islamic State in Central Africa” (ISCA) are just now coming to light: last Sunday these alleged jihadists are reported by local sources to have attacked the small town of Muidumbe and beheaded and dismembered the bodies of dozens of people in a local football stadium. And reports have also come through of the massacre of over 15 children and young people, along with their adult “tutors,” who were preparing them to take part in the traditional initiation rites of the Makonde tribe.
"This is a desperate humanitarian situation, for which we are asking, indeed begging the help and solidarity of the international community,” exclaimed Bishop Fernándo Lisboa continues. “Following this appeal from the bishops, we want to help the diocese of Pemba and the neighbouring dioceses with emergency aid for the victims of Cabo Delgado, on top of the projects we are already sponsoring within the dioceses for its priests and religious. But in addition to this aid, for blankets, clothing, food, basic hygiene products, and also seeds and tools, whatever is needed, we want to help ease the worst of the suffering and trauma. So we have already set up a programme for diocesan teams to provide psychological support and counselling to the traumatised refugees in the parishes,” explained Regina Lynch, the head of the projects department of ACN International.
ACN has announced they will give $160,000 AUD in emergency aid to alleviate the dire situation in Mozambique.
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