Pemba, 20 November, 2020 / 10:37 pm (ACI Africa).
Nine Catholic radio journalists in the Province of Cabo Delgado within Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese who were forced to flee to the bush after insurgents raided their radio station have found safety, the leadership of the National Community Radio Forum (FORCOM) has announced.
On November 9, FORCOM officials had, in a statement obtained by ACI Africa correspondent, expressed concerns about the welfare of radio journalists who had been hiding in bushes for at least 10 days following the raid.
“The National Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM) reports that the nine journalists who make up the newsroom of The St. Francis of Assisi Community Radio, located in muidumbe district, Cabo Delgado Province, are already in the apparently safe areas, after having survived 15 days in the woods, due to the intense attacks by insurgents in this District, FORCOM officials announce in the Friday, November 20 Facebook post.
The officials add that their organization “was able to provide logistical support to all journalists in order to reach the relatively safe zones, which are Namialo, Montepuez and Pemba City Districts.”
The last two journalists from the group of nine reached safety on November 16 and are “already meeting their relatives in Montepuez District,” they further say.