MAPUTO, 15 February 2021 – The Red Cross has pledged to scale up its humanitarian programs in 2021, notably the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

More than 500,000 people have fled the upsurge of violence in Cabo Delgado since the beginning of the conflict there in 2019.

Peter Maurer - Photo International Comittee of the Red Cross

Peter Maurer – Photo International Comittee of the Red Cross

The majority of the 500,000 internally displaced people fled Cabo Delgado to urban settings, such as Pemba, Montepuez and Metuge.

During a meeting Monday in the capital, Maputo, with Mozambican President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer pledged ICRC support in 2021 to rehabilitate nine primary health facilities serving more than 175,400 patients in Pemba, and support hospitals in Montepuez and Pemba.

It will also continue its support to the COVID-19 treatment center Décimo Congresso, in Pemba, rehabilitated in 2020, with donations of health and hygiene material.

ICRC support will also focus on assistance and training programs on the promotion of International Humanitarian Law for weapon bearers, Maurer said during his visit to Mozambique.

IDPs in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province - Photo National Catholic Reporter

IDPs in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province – Photo National Catholic Reporter

The ICRC has been working in the country in close partnership with the Mozambican Red Cross (CVM) for over 40 years.

The Geneva-based organization played a major role during the civil war and the violence in the central provinces following independence.

Mozambicans are facing a triple humanitarian crisis marked by persistent armed conflict in the northern parts of the country, threats due to climate change that have led to huge damage from tropical storms and threats by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ICRC mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

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