UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply concerned over the rising number of civilians displaced in the northern parts of Mozambique as attacks by non-state armed groups (NSAGs) continue to rage in Cabo Delgado province.
More than 530,000 people are now displaced in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambezia and Niassa provinces, according to official estimates, as numbers continue to increase daily.
UNHCR is working to identify and address the main needs of the displaced people and host communities, as well as to ensure that basic international humanitarian principles are upheld. Our protection team is for instance constantly monitoring the situation on the ground in Cabo Delgado and other northern provinces to identify and respond to humanitarian needs.
UNHCR’s assistance for displaced populations in support of the Government of Mozambique, includes shelter materials, core relief items such as tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets, buckets, jerry cans and solar lamps. In addition to essential protection services, gender-based violence risk mitigation and response activities, UNHCR is supporting efforts to ensure the integration of displaced families into host communities. So far approximately 20,000 people have received vital relief items and in the coming months we expect to assist thousand more.
UNHCR is part of inter-agency response reflected in the newly humanitarian appeal launched today by the UN system in Mozambique. Our earlier regular funding needs of US$19 million is just 39 per cent funded.
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