Earlier, Bishop Lisboa had decried the humanitarian crisis that has affected his jurisdiction, leaving hundreds of thousands displaced and called on the international community to help end the crisis, which he said had destabilized the Province of Cabo Delgado.
“The impact of the crisis is fatal; it has hit every province and all the inhabitants of Cabo Delgado Province,” Bishop Lisboa told ACI Africa during the August interview, and added, “There are more than 250,000 displaced people scattered throughout the province in need of assistance.”
“The people need solidarity and in addition to helping to end the crisis, we need to feed all these displaced people. We need food, medicine, clothes, blankets, all the help is needed to help the displaced people,” he had appealed in August.
In the September 30 interview with ACI Africa correspondent, the Brazilian-born Prelate said that the situation in Cabo Delgado was dire and had left reception centers in the Province “with no possibility of welcoming so many people at once.”
“The situation of the internal refugees continues to get worse because the numbers have been getting worse every day from the time that Bilibiza was attacked,” Bishop Lisboa said, referencing one of the most brutal attacks in the region.
He highlighted some of the desperate situations of the IDPs who were forced to walk for several miles seeking refuge in camps, which he said were now home to hundreds of families.
Expressing fear that the condition of refugees in the country could only get worse, the Local Ordinary of Pemba Diocese said, “We are approaching the rainy weather and this isn't good for the displaced people who are only living in makeshift tents. Those who live in the cities are living on borrowed time in people’s backyards with no shelter.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the return of liturgical celebrations in public amid COVID-19, Bishop Liboa expressed his appreciation to the faithful who were already participating in church activities with great caution.
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