The Portuguese foreign minister, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, spent three days in Mozambique over the weekend. The EU-Maputo reports were discussed, in particular on the security issue, which is a growing concern. The rise of jihadist attacks in the north, Cabo Delgado, “exacerbates the humanitarian crisis,” the United Nations warned at the same time.
By 2020, the number of displaced people rose from 90,000 to more than 565,000. At least 2,500 people were killed. Senior UN officials in southern Africa have jointly expressed their concern and called on the international community to act.
Among them was Burkinabé Valentin Tapsoba, director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees for Southern Africa, who recently visited in northern Mozambique. “The current situation is extremely urgent,” he warned. The international community cannot stand still, otherwise the balances will swell and the deaths will be counted in the tens of thousands. ”
Among the topics of concern to him, Valentin Tapsoba specifically mentioned “all these young displaced people without occupation”. “They do not go to school and if nothing is done, Mozambique will inherit a lost generation,” he said. He also pointed to “the concerned housing conditions” for these displaced persons, 90% of whom “remain with host families who selflessly receive members of their family, friends and sometimes strangers”.
“This has serious consequences for their already scarce resources and for the lack of space. I visited a family in Pemba that hosted 66 people. The displaced all slept on the floor in the same room and shared a single toilet. You understand the promiscuity and hygiene issues that this entails. “
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