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UNHCR Has Only 5% of the Resources It Needs to Support Displaced Mozambicans

UNHCR Has Only 5% of the Resources It Needs to Support Displaced Mozambicans

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, revealed that the organisation only has 5% of the 400 million dollars needed to respond to the crisis of displaced people caused by terrorist attacks and natural disasters in northern Mozambique.

“Unfortunately, funding isn’t going very well. The more publicised conflicts that are taking place elsewhere are conditioning the channelling of funds to the support plan for Cabo Delgado. So if we don’t have all the resources we need, unfortunately we won’t be able to provide much assistance,” he explained.

According to the official, more financial resources need to be mobilised to contain the humanitarian crisis, since the latest wave of terrorist attacks caused 100,000 displaced people in February.

“The attacks in the province have caused a total of around 1.3 million displaced people since 2017, with 780,000 people remaining outside their villages of origin, although 600,000 have already returned,” he said.

Cabo Delgado has been facing terrorist attacks for more than six years, which have led to a military response since July 2021, with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community, liberating districts near the gas projects.

After a period of relative stability, new attacks and movements have been recorded in recent weeks, leading foreign entities to restrict travel to that part of the country.


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