Pretoria News

Moz masses displaced


HUNDREDS of children became separated from their families in the panic after jihadist attacks in northern Mozambique, and thousands more are suffering from malnutriti­on, Unicef warned yesterday.

The UN children’s agency has managed to shelter 250 children separated from their families in the assault last month on Palma, a town in northern Cabo Delgado province, long prey to jihadist attacks that have mounted in ferocity over the past year.

Alone after being separated from her family in a jihadist attack, one six-year-old girl wandered through the bushy terrain of northern Mozambique for four days before being taken in by Unicef.

With almost 700 000 displaced by the attacks, malnutriti­on is a growing danger for people in the poor northern region bordering Tanzania. Almost 13% of children under five already suffer from acute malnutriti­on.

Manuel Fontaine, emergency operations director at Unicef, said onethird of the population are already displaced.

“At this pace there will be a million by June.”|

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