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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mozambique

30 Mar 2021

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by conflict in the northern provinces of Mozambique. © UNHCR/Martim Gray Pereira

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 30 March 2021

Mozambique

In Mozambique, the UN and partners are following with deep concern developments in Palma District of Cabo Delgado Province, following the attacks by non-State armed groups and clashes in the region since 24 March.

With sporadic fighting still being reported from Palma earlier today, the UN expects that thousands of people are fleeing the area and making their way by foot, boat and road to reach safer destinations, including to Pemba some 400 km south along the coast.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed that more than 3,360 people displaced from Palma arrived in Nangade, Mueda, Montepuez and Pemba districts, as of Monday afternoon. The numbers, however, might be higher and will continue to increase over the coming days.

UN colleagues on the ground told the UN that displaced people, including children, are arriving in dire conditions, traumatized, injured and in need of urgent medical attention. Many saw their family members killed and had to hide in the bushes for days, without food or water, to evade the armed men who attacked their communities.

Several families were separated when they fled Palma, and many children are unaccompanied.

The UN, along with its humanitarian partners, is rapidly mobilizing personnel and resources and supporting people at the arrival points. The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance, while IOM is providing medical supplies and other emergency items, including basic shelter and household items, as well as hygiene products, water buckets and water purifying tablets to prevent diseases.

UNHCR and UNICEF are supporting identification and referral of vulnerable people at the arrival points. UNHCR, together with partners, managed to house all unaccompanied children and single mothers with temporary host families in Pemba.

With the escalation of violence and rapidly rising needs, additional resources are immediately required to assist people fleeing violence. The humanitarian appeal for the Cabo Delgado crisis is currently just 1 per cent funded.