Mozambique gets humanitarian aid from Italy, Portugal

Humanitarian supplies from Portugal and Italy have begun to arrive in Mozambique to help the people affected by the Cabo Delgado war. On Saturday, the first of three planned flights arrived. 

Other European Union member nations should be involved, according to the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

“This attitude of Portugal and Italy to take the initial step is very important because we would like it to mobilize other member states to do the same. It is very important that other European and non-European states join us in this effort to help the populations of Mozambique, especially in the Cabo Delgado area”, Francisco André said.

The residents of Cabo Delgado region have been harassed by radicals for more than three years and are in a dire situation.

“There are no basic conditions of survival: food, shelters and other types of basic needs that are necessary to have a decent life”, said António Supeia, Secretary of State of the Cabo Delgado Province.

The humanitarian situation in Mozambique, particularly in the region of Cabo Delgado, is rapidly deteriorating. 

Due to the region’s security issues, about 2 million people are facing food shortages. 

A severe drought, which is still being felt as a result of the harsh weather that devastated the country, and Covid-19 have added to the challenge. 

Because of the rising violence, more than 700,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes and are now Internally Displaced Persons.

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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