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CPLP: “We Are Aware of the Violence in Cabo Delgado”

CPLP: “We Are Aware of the Violence in Cabo Delgado”

The executive secretary of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Zacarias da Costa, said that the members of the organisation he represents are aware of the situation of armed violence experienced in the north of the country, with emphasis on the province of Cabo Delgado.

Speaking on Wednesday (5), after a meeting with the Head of State, Filipe Nyusi, the official said that it was through his visit to the country that he got a more complete and broader perspective on the situation.

“I am sure that the member states will look at the situation in Cabo Delgado in order to put efforts into this issue, which is also of the CPLP and all of us,” he said.

According to the executive secretary, it is important to look at humanitarian issues, and not only the needs in terms of infrastructure, as has been done most of the time.

Zacarias da Costa arrived in Mozambique on Monday, July 3, for a visit that will last until Saturday, July 8, with several events on the agenda, among which the 7th International Congress on Environmental Education of the CPLP countries and the Global Event on Human Rights that is taking place since Wednesday morning.

The province of Cabo Delgado has been affected by a conflict since 2017 that is terrorising the populations. Groups of armed rebels have been looting and massacring villages and towns a little throughout the province and a variety of attacks have been claimed by the ‘arm’ of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in that region. The conflict has already caused over 4000 deaths (data from The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project) and at least one million displaced people, according to an assessment made by the Mozambican authorities.

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