The latest wave of displaced people caused by the conflict in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, has put more than 11,200 people on the run to the provincial capital, Pemba, in two weeks, according to the latest United Nations data.
“From October 16 to 29, at least 219 boats carrying 11,280 people arrived in Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado,” writes the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in an update on Monday.
According to the organization, the flow has decreased in recent days.
“Almost half of the displaced people are children and at least 25 are alone, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM)”, he adds.
In this wave of displaced persons, 19 pregnant women, more than 100 elderly people, about 180 people in need of immediate medical assistance and 10 people with disabilities were identified.
The Government and humanitarian partners provided assistance to more than 8,300 people who arrived in Pemba, providing them with food, water and hygiene, health and protection services.
Testimonies heard by Lusa in the last few weeks show leaks in sailing boats, drifting in the wind for three to four days, without water or food, with some people dying during the trip.
The province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, has been the scene of armed attacks for three years by forces classified as terrorists.
There are different estimates for the number of deaths, ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 victims.
The Mozambican prime minister said on Wednesday in parliament that “terrorist actions” have already caused 435,000 internally displaced persons.
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