The Plight of Mozambique's Elderly


While old age is usually associated with wisdom, it is quite the contrary in Mozambique where the elderly are left to sink into abject poverty with little or no allowances, labelled witches and treated with utter disrespect.

File photo:Villagers in Locone area

  • Mozambique:  Prime Minister Condemns Violence Against the Elderly

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 12 September 2012

    Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali on Wednesday strongly condemned all forms of violence and abuse directed against elderly people, which he regarded as an affront to Mozambican ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Don't Accuse the Elderly of Witchcraft

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 30 August 2012

    Mozambique's first lady, Maria da Luz Guebuza, has urged society to value its elderly citizens, and not to succumb to claims that they are witches. read more »

  • Mozambique:  Elderly Killed Over Witchcraft Allegations

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 17 June 2012

    At least 20 elderly people were killed in Mozambique between 2010 and 2011 over witchcraft allegations, and many others were physically, sexually psychologically abused and ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Welfare Minister Demands Respect for Elderly

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 23 April 2012

    Mozambique's Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Welfare, Iolanda Cintura, on Sunday said it was intolerable that elderly people are being accused of witchcraft, beaten and ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Discrimination in Benefits for Elderly Denied

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 16 November 2011

    Allowances for elderly Mozambicans are allocated on a political basis, opposition parliamentarians claimed on Wednesday, while the government retorted that the criteria used are ... read more »

  • Mozambique:  Over 20 Elderly People Killed Over Witchcraft Claims

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 11 October 2011

    Over 20 elderly people have been murdered this year in Mozambique as a result of their alleged involvement in witchcraft. read more »

  • Mozambique:  Guebuza Attacks Superstition

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 1 June 2011

    Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday attacked the superstition which leads some people to abandon their own elderly parents, accusing them of witchcraft. read more »

  • Africa:  Denied the Right to a Dignified Life

    Fahamu, 26 June 2009

    Traditionally African culture dictated that elderly citizens be treated with respect, writes Anushka Sehmi, but as economic constraints erode the extended family system and fuel ... read more »