Mozambique starve as bandits strike

mozambique-soldiers-vs-renamoFrom ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – ACTS of banditry in drought-stricken Mozambique is making it impossible for aid agencies to provide relief to thousands enduring starvation.
The militancy is blamed on some radicals from the opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo), which is disputing the results of the general election held in 2014.
Front for the Liberation of Mozambique won the poll.
Subsequent terror acts have claimed scores of lives and property.
It has made it impossible to reach some 3 000 civilians displaced mostly in Manica. They are accommodated in refugee camps.
“The negative impacts of the ongoing political-military tension are affecting efforts to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to those in need in affected areas,” said United Nations resident coordinator and UN Development Programme envoy, Marcia de Castro.
The southern African is experiencing its most severe drought in more than 30 years.
It is affecting approximately 1,5 million people in seven provinces in the southern and central regions.
These are Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Maputo, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia.
Needs may peak at nearly 2.3 million by the end of March 2017, including potentially flood-affected persons.
Hopes are high a ceasefire announced by Renamo would ease tensions and avoid a recurrence of the civil war that killed over one million during clashes and famine between 1977 and 1992.

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