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Humanity & Inclusion (HI) alerts that vulnerable people need immediate humanitarian aid following terror attacks in Cabo Delgado

Press Release | London, 6th April 2021, 12:00 GMT

Following attacks in Cabo Delgado,  Ancuabe and Chiure districts, and most recently the attack in Palma, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) expresses deep concern over the situation of vulnerable populations. Pregnant women, older people, people with disabilities and children are amongst the people who have been displaced by recent fighting in the country.

Around 3,000 people have been displaced, following last week’s brutal attacks by insurgents on Palma and surrounding areas. Since 2017, a total of 670,000 people are displaced due to the violence. The exact number of casualties after the recent violence is unclear as many people are still unaccounted for.

“Many people, are terrified of being attacked and have resulted in hiding which means they no access to food or water. It is vital that the response to this crisis takes into consideration the access to support for the most vulnerable groups, ensuring no one is left behind. Efforts to provide humanitarian aid must ensure the most vulnerable people, such as people with disabilities; older people receive the support they so desperately need,”

says Marco Tamburro, HI's Director of Programmes in Mozambique

According to an assessment conducted by HI in 2 districts of Cabo Delgado (districts heavily impacted by the movement of people fleeing the violence):

  • 16% of the households of people displaced declared having a member with a disability and/or chronic needs
  • 22% of the disability declared their disability was due to the conflict.

“Children are almost half of the displaced people (45%), many of these children are unaccompanied. Amongst the most vulnerable groups are also pregnant women, older people and people with disabilities[1], “

added Marco Tamburro

 “We are calling for the support of international donors. HI identified the top humanitarian 3 priorities as food, shelter and access to drinking water – these are resources that need to be urgently funded, especially during the global pandemic. Protection, inclusion and accessibility must be mainstreamed to ensure every single person is considered in this response. We must also consider the long term impacts of this violence. Psychosocial support is essential to help people rebuild their lives and we will work to implement an accessible referral mechanism so that people can reach out and receive the support they require.”


Notes

HI has just finalised a needs assessment in Cabo Delgado, in Ancuabe and Chiure districts, strongly affected by the movement of displaced people. Our teams are also currently setting up a Disability Working Group in Pemba, with FAMOD and AIFO[2], to make sure people with disabilities are included in the emergency response. The group is included in the follow-up of displaced people and is currently supporting the detection and disaggregation of persons with disabilities coming from Palma.

 

[1] Joint Assessment ACF-HI in Ancuabe and Chiure districts,  February 2021

 

[2] FAMOD: Forum of People with Disabilities organisations


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About Humanity & Inclusion

Humanity & Inclusion is an independent international aid organization. It has been working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict, and disaster for 39 years. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and basic rights. Since it was founded in 1982, Humanity & Inclusion has set up development programs in more than 60 countries and intervenes in numerous emergency situations. The network of eight national associations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) works constantly to mobilize resources, jointly manage projects, and to increase the impact of the organization’s principles and actions. Humanity & Inclusion is one of six founding organizations of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and the winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2011. Humanity & Inclusion acts and campaigns in places where “living in dignity” is no easy task.

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