, 17 September, 2020 / 10:30 PM
The Bishop of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese, which covers the crisis-stricken Cabo Delgado Province has, in a news report, acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity campaign dubbed “Together for Cabo Delgado.”
In the Wednesday, September 16 news report, Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa says the solidarity campaign “is growing because more and more people are becoming aware of what is happening in Cabo Delgado and the people are becoming more and more supportive.”
“There has been more help from both individuals and groups. Many people have organized themselves in groups to help victims of the crisis in Cabo Delgado,” Bishop Lisboa has been quoted as saying in the report.
Through the campaign, the Bishop says, various groups have offered assistance including “a group of ladies in Maputo, a group of young people at the country level, a group of businessmen.”
Launched in July by the leadership of Pemba Diocese, “Together for Cabo Delgado” solidarity campaign aims at strengthening the work of humanitarian workers who are responding to the crisis in Mozambique’s northernmost Province.
“The campaign also strives to raise awareness among Mozambicans about the situation in Cabo Delgado,” Bishop Lisboa who is the Local Ordinary of Pemba Diocese told journalists during the launch of the campaign.
Violence in Mozambique’s Province of Cabo Delgado has been ongoing since 2017. As a result of the crisis, over 600,000 people have been affected with more than 200,000 displaced, according to Reliefweb.
Besides Mozambicans, Dioceses from other nations are also showing support for the “Together for Cabo Delgado” campaign, Bishop Lisboa, a native of Brazil, says and explains, “This campaign has also grown in interest. We have been contacted by people in Portugal, Spain, and Italy who want to help Cabo Delgado.”
“The campaign is already running in Europe, in the Archdiocese of Braga in Portugal which is a partner of the Diocese (Pemba). The Archdiocese is raising support for the suffering people of Cabo Delgado,” the member of the Passionists (C.P.) adds.
He recalls the initial drivers of the campaign and its evolution saying, “At first, it was the initiative of the Missionary Centre of the Archdiocese of Braga but Caritas Portuguese and many other organizations joined together and started this campaign also at European level.”
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa