Maputo, 31 Oct (AIM) – The United Nations is drawing up a plan to assist around 1.6 million people affected by extreme weather events and terrorism that has been plaguing the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
According to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Joyce Msuya,, who was speaking to reporters on Monday at the end of a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonçalves, on the third day of a working visit in Mozambique, “We’re going to Cabo Delgado to find out from the communities what are their biggest concerns.”
The United Nations, she said, is drawing up a Humanitarian Response Plan, in which “we will analyze the situation of the 1.6 million people who have been identified as the target for receiving this humanitarian aid.”
She explained that her delegation had met with the humanitarian aid teams and NGOs in order to identify the people most in need of humanitarian aid and draw up the respective assistance strategy.
She revealed that one of the aims of the meeting with Goncalves was to discuss the humanitarian situation of people affected by climatic events in the country.
She explained that the accompanying delegation also wanted to understand the efforts the country has made to mitigate climate disasters and the innovations introduced to improve assistance and mobilize financial resources from partners.
Cabo Delgado has been plagued by terrorism since October 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.