Cabo Delgado, 04 April, 2022 / 5:56 pm (ACI Africa).
Cases of kidnapping in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province are on the rise, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Portugal, has reported, adding that the situation that also involves deep indoctrination of victims of militant attacks in the country is a matter of concern to the Catholic Church.
ACN Portugal spoke to Catholic Church leaders in Mozambique who said that militants have been targeting women and children in the insurgency that started in 2017.
“There are many children and women who are kidnapped and taken (by terrorists),” Friar Boaventura, from the Institute of the Fraternity of the Poor of Jesus, says in the Monday, April 4 report by ACN Portugal.
He adds, in reference to the militants who have been harassing residents of Cabo Delgado, “When they invade the villages, they take the women, they take the children who end up being trained there in those places and end up being indoctrinated as well.”
Those abducted, Friar Boaventura says, “live a similar life to that of militants what the life of militants in the bush, or in the areas where they concentrate to do their training.”