Thousands of exhausted refugees continue to flee the city of Palma on foot or by boat, the victims of a jihadist attack at the end of March.
Six weeks after Mozambique’s northernmost jihadist armed group attacked Parma, thousands of exhausted refugees continued to flee on foot or by boat, while the security situation remained fragile. Witnesses and NGOs told witnesses and NGOs in the impoverished province of Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania, that the ongoing events here and there have disrupted an uncertain peace.
After a surprise attack and days of fighting at the end of March, dozens of people were killed, the government announced that the army had taken over and calm was restored. Many actors in this field say that it is still not clear.
Among the thousands of residents who left in a hurry, many found refuge in relatives or refugee camps, while others continued to wander. In Pemba, the capital of the province, there is still an influx of ships.
“Now I’m leaving Palma, I’m breathing”Telling Agence France-Presse that the 34-year-old mother of four, Viaze Juma, arrived from the Afonki Peninsula on Friday, April 30. After the Parma attack, thousands of people were displaced. Gathered near the gas station managed by Total, the area has now suspended all activities.
According to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of displaced people has increased from 30,000 last week to 36,000 now: “It’s getting worse every day”Emphasizes to AFP the manager of Mozambique’s Clara Thom Bond