“There are approximately 4,000 families arriving tonight at Pemba which makes approximately 20,000 persons and they are going to be received with hot tea, cookies and water,” Ms. Quintanilla told ACI Africa during the Monday, March 29 interview.
She added, in reference to the newly displaced persons, “They will then be taken to the transit area and then assigned somewhere for their temporary housing.”
“What we’ve heard is that there’s a lot of people that haven’t gotten any news or heard anything from the rest of their family members, that they haven’t been able to locate them or hear from them,” she said.
The Mexican DHPI official who is overseeing the establishment and strengthening of Caritas desks in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nampula and Pemba Diocese said that some people who had fled the attack in the North had been able to cross to Tanzania and from there they were hoping to get to Pemba.
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In the Tuesday, March 30 interview with ACI Africa, Mr. Viljoen said that the peace organization that serves people in conflict situations is examining the factors related to the ongoing violence in Mozambique in order to find out what steers it.
He maintains that the increasing military involvement from the Western countries is only aggravating the situation of Mozambique where a number of Western powers pursuing their respective economic interests.
He says that the attack, which came after the Mozambican government promised to provide security to the French-run Total oil company, is especially very strategic.
In January, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi met a Total official and the two are said to have agreed on strengthening security at the Total camp on the Afungi peninsula, in the Northern province of Cabo Delgado. This is after the oil and gas company evacuated part of the project's workforce from Afungi because of security concerns.
Other multinational companies controlling gas in the mineral rich province are Italian Eni and ExxonMobil of the United States.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.