The forgotten tragedy of Cabo Delgado


In Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, around 750,000 displaced people remain. Interviewed by journalist João Cunha, from Renaissance, the bishop of Pemba, D. António Juliasse, warned that the official information on the situation in that province of Cabo Delgado is misleading. Information that does not seem to have reached the Portuguese media. The lack of information in Portugal on the very serious situation in Cabo Delgado is shocking

D. António Juliasse considers that this official information, presumably coming from the Mozambican government, looks more at the advance of Mozambican troops – who already control more areas, until recently in the hands of Islamic radicals – than at the humanitarian situation, which remains critical.

Three months ago (August 25), I mentioned here that Rwandan and Mozambican military, acting in coordination, would have managed to drive away the Islamic terrorists from Mocimboa da Praia, a city in that district of Mozambique that last year had fallen into the hands of the Jiahdistas.

It appears that soldiers from the Southern African Development Community (SADCC) have also entered into operations against Islamic terrorists who since 2017 have spread death and suffering in that area. But the humanitarian situation remains dramatic there. Caritas and the United Nations agencies try to respond, which the dispersion of the displaced does not facilitate.

The Church has played a decisive role in supporting the martyred populations of that vast area. And it is also through Church figures, such as the Bishop of Pemba, that we receive some, scarce news. These are information that pierce the veil of oblivion into which the tragedy of Cabo Delgado seems to have fallen between us.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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