According to the analysts’ report, everyone wants to flee, but the Mozambican government is not letting anyone leave.
“Effectively they are keeping up to 20,000 people hostage to try to forestall the next insurgent attack,” reads the report that Mr. Viljoen shared with ACI Africa, adding, “The people are now sick and hungry, as no international humanitarian aid is permitted.”
Further, reports indicate that roads out of Palma are closed and road traffic has been stopped in Palma itself, “which is largely a ghost town.”
Meanwhile, the DHPI official, said that progress has been made in recruiting officials of the office that will be in charge of various projects for IDPs in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nampula.
“One of my biggest roles in the Diocese of Pemba and the Archdiocese of Nampula, especially in Nampula, is to establish a strong Caritas office. When I came, there was only a Director and some volunteers. So far, we have made a huge step in building a strong Caritas team,” she tells ACI Africa.
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“We now have an accountant, a project manager, and we are in the process of hiring a junior project manager,” she further says, and adds, “We have ensured that we get the best on the team, those with prior experience in humanitarian projects.”
The team, the DHPI official says, will oversee the organization's projects including the housing project that is funded by the Hungary Help Agency.
DHPI is also facilitating a feeding program in partnership with other organizations, for the displaced people in Corrane. The SACBC peace institute is also running an agricultural project in Corrane where IDPs are given farm tools and fertilizers, seeds and the technical knowhow to engage in farming ventures.
Additionally, the organization is developing a psychosocial tool that will help the displaced people who have gone through suffering at the hands of the militants to manage their pain. Also in the pipeline is an educational program for children whose schooling has been halted owing to insurgency.
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.