Written by: Christian Solidarity International
Article source: csi-usa.org

A few weeks ago, the town of Palma in Mozambique was targeted by Islamist terror group al-Shabaab. The brutal attacks not only claimed many lives, but also forced over 10,000 people, both Christians and Muslims, to flee.

The survivors are living with relatives, in makeshift camps, or hiding in the forests. Christian Solidarity International (CSI) in partnership with aid organization Pro-Vision, is working on behalf of the displaced. With CSI’s financial support, Pro-Vision is distributing weekly food packages, trauma recovery programs, as well as providing teaching to children in improvised schools.

Since 2017, northern Mozambique has been in the grip of Islamist attacks, and the violence shows no sign of abating. The northern province of Cabo Delgado is rich in mineral resources and natural gas and yet it is one of the poorest in Mozambique. Widescale youth unemployment and a lack of prospects provide the ideal conditions for terror groups to recruit and radicalize followers. Over the past three years, the Islamist insurgency has grown in strength and brutality.

Pro-Vision Operations Manager Lesley Harper reports, “What we’ve been seeing and hearing in recent days and weeks makes me shudder. One young man who witnessed horrific beheadings gave thanks to God that he escaped with his wife and three young children. Another, who moved with friends from southern Mozambique to the north for work, escaped beheading only because he named Allah as the only true God, under duress. Three of his friends were beheaded.

People are in despair, but they have not been abandoned by their church leaders. Two pastors we provided financial aid to so they could get to safety told us, ‘We will stay to help our people. This is our calling!'”

Pro-Vision is one of the few aid organizations to have remained in Cabo Delgado throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information visit www.csi-usa.org.

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Date published: 05/06/2021
Feature image: Image for illustrative purposes only. unsplash.com

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