GENEVA, 19 December 2020 – The food security situation in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado region is “quite dire, the United Nations warned Saturday.

IDPs: Fivefold Growth Since March 2020 – Photo UN News

Citizens in the three localities face “high levels of hunger and malnutrition”, said Tomson Phiri of the United Nations World Food Program.

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Nearly 530,000 people are now internally displaced in Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa.

That is five times higher than it was in March 2020, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Many of the 530,000 internally displaced persons have been forced to move multiple times over only the last five months.

“We are particularly concerned for the plight of girls and women who, in addition to hunger and malnutrition, are vulnerable to sexual violence,” Babar Baloch of UNHCR told United Nations Television Thursday from Geneva.

More than 900,000 people are considered to be food insecure, according to Jens Laerke of UNOCHA.

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