Pemba, 29 October, 2020 / 9:22 pm (ACI Africa).
The people of God in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province are experiencing “a deep humanitarian crisis,” the Bishop of Pemba Diocese, which covers the Northernmost Province of the Southern African nation said earlier this week, appealing for aid for thousands of displaced families.
“We need support, we need help. We are truly in a deep humanitarian crisis and we need solidarity,” Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa said Tuesday, October 27, adding that the situation is overwhelming and in need of immediate action.
Bishop Lisboa further said, “There are a lot of people to be cared for and they need everything, but right now we are taking care of the most basic needs, which is food and a place to stay.”
The Bishop was speaking after a visit to Paquitequete beach, one of Pemba’s most populous areas, where those fleeing the violence in the region have been arriving in small boats.
“We have about 170 boats and maybe today they can reach 200 boats. About 10 thousand people have already arrived here. And others are arriving here. Some because of the attacks they have suffered, some leave their places because they are afraid. It is a widespread situation of great fear,” he explained.