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U.N: Nearly a million going hungry in conflict-hit Mozambique

The United Nations food agency announced yesterday that Almost one million people face severe hunger in northern Mozambique, where hundreds of thousands have fled Islamist militant attacks.

Islamic State-linked insurgents last month attacked Palma, a town in Cabo Delgado province next to gas projects under development by companies including Total and Exxon. The World Food Programme said in a briefing in Geneva that 950,000 people are now hungry in Mozambique.

It appealed to donors for $82 million to confront the crisis. About 690,000 people were already displaced across the country by February. A further 16,500 have since been registered in other areas of Cabo Delgado after fleeing the attack in Palma.

Mozambique’s Centre for Public Integrity said the government had failed to manage the crisis, relying mostly on aid agencies to provide support for those fleeing the violence. Many stayed in war zones as they had no means to reach safer areas.

Mozambique’s population is mostly Christian and authorities are still working to identify 12 beheaded bodies found in Palma after the attack, which both police and army officials said were believed to be foreigners.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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