SAVE THE CHILDREN ENGAGE IN THE ASSISTANCE OF IDPs IN NAMPULA
In order to assess the situation of displaced people in the province of Nampula and to evaluate the best way to intervene in responding to the needs of the displaced, a team from Save the Children in Mozambique recently visited the center for displaced families located in Corrane, in the northern province of Nampula. This center, which was opened this month, currently houses more than 300 families, victims of the so called insurgency attacks in Cabo Delgado.
Samuel Maibasse, Deputy Director for Security, Safety and Supply Chain at Save the Children, said it was a concern for the organization to support families in this difficult time. “The organization has been working in close coordination with the Government and the National Institute for Disaster Management, whenever emergency situations happen. That was the case with Cyclone Idai. We are committed to providing support to children and their families victims of the conflict”.
The head of the administrative post in Corrane, Alberto Alexandre, said that he receives, on a daily basis, families leaving the four temporary reception centers at the administrative post in Namialo and who voluntarily seek to definitively redo their lives in Corrane.
“The forecast is to resettle 1,000 families. So far we have 333 families already housed, which corresponds to 1290 people. Most of the families are made up of children (445 total). There are 39 elderly people and the rest are women. Among these, 11 are pregnant and heads of household”.
“Displaced people are in need of almost every type of support, from food products, construction material, hygiene material, agricultural inputs, household utensils. Currently, part of these needs had been met with the support of some non-governmental organizations, through the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC)”, concluded Alberto Alexandre.
In Corrane, there is a total of 1500 hectares. Of these, 500 are for housing in plots of 600m2 each, and 1000ha for agricultural production. The families currently reside in tents, with the capacity to accommodate five people.
Save the Children has a plan already underway to assist about 155,000 displaced people from this conflict in the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.