Northern Mozambique is facing a growing humanitarian crisis.
As northern Mozambique continues to combat a wave of extremist insurgency, thousands of people flee the area. Almost 3,000 people have been killed. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mozambique is now over 700,000.
One of the agencies helping transport victims is Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). MAF – through its partner in Mozambique, Ambassador Aviation (AA) – has been evacuating refugees. Most of them are women and children as well as the elderly, sick, or wounded.
Pilot Dave Holmes with AA in Mozambique says, “Since 2017, the northern province of Cabo Delgado has been experiencing a build-up of insurgency… Then, on March 24th of this year, the group conducted a pretty significant attack on a city named Palma. It is in an area where one of the largest liquid natural gas projects in the world is currently being developed. In that attack, several ex-pat contract workers were killed, and that put Mozambique in international headlines.”
Many people are still trapped in Palma. Although AA continues to conduct as many evacuation flights as possible, the situation is complicated.
“The military and police have a pretty challenging job of allowing the suffering folks to be moved out of areas in harm’s way,” Holmes says. “But they also have to ensure that the bad guys aren’t in the mix. And it’s understandable. Their caution has made it a bit more difficult for us to get permission to do flights.”
Food, water, and healthcare are scarce as insurgents cut off access to hospitals and supplies. And with limited international aid response, it’s created a perfect storm.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Please pray for peace in Mozambique.
- Pray for people of Mozambique to find hope and assurance in Christ.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to encourage AA pilots and staff in Mozambique.