Maputo, 03 August, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said that renewed attacks in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province is causing “massive displacement” of populations.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Director of the Dennis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) said that insurgencies are now spreading Southwards and Westwards.
“Renewed attacks in areas that were considered safe and stabilized are escalating, are increasing and are leading to massive displacement,” Johan Viljoen said during the Monday, August 1 interview.
Mr. Viljoen said that on July 25, the SACBC Peace Institute received reports of "renewed attacks on villages in the outskirts of Mocimboa da Praia, the first place that was attacked by the insurgents in 2017."
“According to our sources on the ground, these insurgents’ groups are made up of ten to 12 people; they attack and simply disappear into the bush, making it very difficult to track them down," Mr. Viljoen said.