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Violence in Mozambique Persists Despite Reduction in Attacks by Non-State Armed Groups

Violence in Mozambique Persists Despite Reduction in Attacks by Non-State Armed Groups

Despite the reduction in attacks by armed groups in the country, violence persists in Macomia, Muidumbe and Mocímboa da Praia, including kidnappings, murders and arson.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Ocha, reports that despite the decrease in attacks by non-state armed groups in Mozambique, violence persists in Macomia, Muidumbe and Mocímboa da Praia.

Reports include kidnappings in the Muidumbe district, the murder of civilians in Macomia and the burning of houses in Mocímboa da Praia, where looting of food and other supplies has been reported.

Generalised fear
Fear persists in these regions due to the movements of agents of non-state armed groups. Ocha indicates that at the beginning of November around 801 people abandoned their homes due to the 11 November attack, in Chitoio and Litandacua in Macomia and the villages of Mandela and Mapate in Muidumbe.

In a statement, the office says that in some cases, the perpetrators have continued with a non-violent approach to the communities, a strategy applied with a view to winning the hearts and minds of the population. This trend is expected to continue in 2024, making access to the affected population more difficult.

In early 2024, the Working Group on Humanitarian Access will launch guidelines for humanitarian partners on building community acceptance in Cabo Delgado.Escorts continue to be a requirement for road access from Macomia-sede to Awasse.

The escort requirement on national road 380 applies to all movements, including commercial and humanitarian.

Ocha continues to engage with the authorities for alternative use of armed escorts by humanitarian partners.

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