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The humanitarian situation in Northern Mozambique has significantly deteriorated with escalating armed conflict and increasing violence towards civilians.

Insurgency attacks at the end of March 2021 escalated a new wave of displacement and over 60,000 people fled violence in Palma. 

As of June 2021, it is estimated at least 700,000 people, including at least 364,000 children, were displaced as a result of the conflict in Cabo Delgado. At least 2,909 people reportedly died in the conflict, including 1,437 civilians, although this number is only reported deaths and it’s expected the true number is much higher. At least 51 children, most of them girls, have been abducted over the past 12 months, although the true number of child abductions is estimated to be far higher.

Video published March 2021
Our team is focused on supporting the most vulnerable children and families in displaced and host communities.

We have provided life-saving and life-sustaining assistance to affected communities and families, and reached more than 148,000 people, including over 86,000 children, through programmes for protection, sanitation, health and food security.

With your support, we helped children in Mozambique to survive and recover from two devastating cyclones - find out more about our cyclones response

Poverty is a defining factor of many Mozambican children’s lives. 

Fewer than half of Mozambique’s children now in first grade will finish grade five. Their cognitive development, their ability to solve problems, and their social and emotional skills are all crippled by poverty. To help children in a way that is lasting requires a concerted, integrated approach. That’s why we’ve put early childhood development at the heart of our work in Mozambique – to make sure children get the right start.

We're also helping young people who are HIV positive. Our hundreds of community activists provide the vital care and support they need, from helping them get anti-retroviral drugs to providing food and care. And our model of newborn care and community participation has contributed to the Ministry of Health’s strategy for newborns, which we are helping to roll out across the country.

Page last updated October 2021

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