Cabo Delgado, 04 April, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The ongoing clashes in Mozambique signify what has been going on in various parts of the Southern African nation for years, the leadership of a Catholic charity and peace organization present in the country has told ACI Africa.
Providing an update on the widely condemned fatal clashes that started March 24 with an attack on Palma in Cabo Delgado in North of Mozambique within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba, the Director of Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), Johan Viljoen, tells ACI Africa, “There are bodies lying everywhere on the streets and on the beaches; countless bodies of innocent civilians.”
Mr. Viljoen shares a video taken in Palma showing bodies lumped in various places from the March 24 beheadings.
Silence also reigns in the video that covers abandoned streets and burnt houses. Locals who survived the attack are currently seeking refuge in neighboring Tanzania. Others have fled through the Indian Ocean to towns South of the country.
A convoy of 17 vehicles carrying local and foreign workers tried to escape Palma for a hotel run by French oil and gas company Total near the scene of the attack. But the convoy reportedly ran into an ambush that had been set by the insurgents.