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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Mozambique - Yemen

24 Feb 2021


After losing their home due to Cyclone Idai in 2019, this family has been living in Mandruzi resettlement site in Dondo, Mozambique, and relies on humanitarian aid to survive. © OCHA/Saviano Abreu

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 February 2021


In Mozambique, the conflict and climatic shocks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado continue to drive increasing displacement and are leading to a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the region.

Nearly 670,000 people were internally displaced in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula by the end of 2020. Almost 580,000 people were uprooted from their homes in 2020 alone, as violence in the province expanded geographically and increased in intensity.

More than 950,000 people in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula are now facing severe food insecurity. This is the result of conflict and repeated displacement compounded by recurrent climate shocks which have interrupted communities’ agricultural activities and destroyed their livelihoods.

The region is also facing an outbreak of cholera, with nearly 5,000 cases and 55 deaths reported by mid-February 2021, mainly among displaced people. This is happening amid a severe disruption of services in health, water, sanitation and hygiene in the region.

Humanitarian partners in Mozambique urgently require additional funding to scale up the response in Cabo Delgado. The Humanitarian Response Plan seeks US$254 million to help 1.1 million affected people in Cabo Delgado and neighbouring provinces in 2021.



At least 8,000 people have been displaced in Marib governorate in recent weeks due to escalating hostilities. The vast majority of the displaced are women and children.

This comes on top of already high levels of displacement and humanitarian needs in the governorate. Displacement to and within Marib accounted for two thirds of all displacement in Yemen last year.

The UN and our humanitarian partners are scaling up their support and planning. Newly displaced households are receiving food, hygiene kits, health care and other assistance. However, a worsening of the situation could quickly overwhelm existing capacities and force hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

We continue to call for an immediate de-escalation of violence in Marib and the rest of the country. This is imperative so that focus can squarely be on preventing large-scale famine and reducing people’s suffering after enduring nearly six years of war.

The Yemen high-level pledging event on Monday is a crucial opportunity for the international community to support the humanitarian response and show solidarity with the people of Yemen.

Almost US$4 billion is needed to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to 16 million people in Yemen in 2021.