Cabo Delgado, 15 November, 2021 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have, in a collective statement, called for caution and a careful assessment of the security situation in the Southern African nation amid reports that the country is registering wins in the fight against insurgency in the country’s Cabo Delgado Province.
In a communiqué issued at the end of their seven-day Ordinary Plenary Assembly, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) say that despite the reported military offensives against militants in Cabo Delgado, the security situation in the Province is still worrying.
“The security situation in Mozambique and especially in Cabo Delgado and the Center of the country is a cause for concern to us your Bishops,” CEM members say in their Sunday, November 14 communiqué.
They add, “The presence of foreign forces from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gives hope for an improvement in the security situation. Indeed, there are reports of progress in reclaiming space that was in the hands of the insurgents, which contributes to relative security. Some people are returning to their villages.”
However, the Catholic Bishops note that the armed conflict in Cabo Delgado requires special attention and a cautious assessment despite advances recorded by joint forces fighting rebels in the north of the country.