AFRICAN UNION DISBURSES 9.5 MILLION METICAIS FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE IN CABO DELGADO
Maputo, 12 Aug (AIM) – Mozambique’s National Disaster Management Institute (INGD) has received from the African Union (AU) 9.5 million meticais (about 150 thousand US dollars at the current exchange rate) to support the displaced victims of islamist terrorism in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
The amount, according to the Maputo daily ‘Notícias’, was disbursed in the context of a visit to Mozambique by members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the AU.
‘Cabo Delgado has been recording progress in terms of management of resettlement centers, and it is visible that the displaced people are resuming normal lives’ said Lamine Yahiaqui, Ambassador of the Saharawi Republic to Ethiopia and the African Union, who delivered the donation.
‘This is positive but not enough. The people must return totally to normality. The government and non-governmental organizations are doing good work. The country has to be aware of security maintenance’, he added.
Despite Africa’s limited resources for resettlement management, the diplomat said, Mozambique is on the right track and may become a reference point in these matters.
Cabo Delgado has been plagued by terrorism since 2017, and according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the conflict has left one million people displaced and about 4,000 dead.
Since July 2021, the Mozambican defence and security forces, with support from Rwanda and the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), have been liberating districts near natural gas projects, which had previously been occupied by the terrorists.