Joaquim Chissano to TSF: Aid to Mozambique "is far less than estimated"

(Vítor Rios / Global Imagens)

He led a country at war, made peace, and was president of the republic for almost twenty years. Joaquim Chissano, former head of state of Mozambique, is in Coimbra for the formal launch of the Sino-Lusophone Academy, an initiative of the University of Coimbra. Months after the cyclone Idai that destroyed part of the Mozambican territory, he was interviewed by TSF.

Although he is almost eighty years old, he still enjoys to eat the Bairrada dishes during the afternoon. He sits down to talk with TSF in the library of Quinta das Lágrimas, in Coimbra, where he is the guest of honor for the launch of the initiative of the rectory of the oldest Portuguese university.

Months after the cyclone Idai, which devastated a part of the Mozambican territory, the former head of state who succeeded to Samora Machel says that aid to Mozambique is not enough for the needs, it is insufficient, and the effort must continue, after the most recent summit of donors: "we were promised $ 1.2 billion, far less than estimated, because it exceeds $ 3 billion." In May, Chissano had appealed for greater solidarity from the richer countries, but in fact he argues that the effort must be collective and global: "In this kind of thing, solidarity comes not only from the richest, it comes from everyone. In Mozambique, the solidarity movement does not come from the richest; Poor people also give what they can afford."

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