Displaced Families in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Beg for Relief

In northern Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, an often-overlooked conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of families, subjecting them to extreme challenges in securing food, shelter, and safety. Over the past seven years, the region has endured violent attacks by non-state armed groups, resulting in the loss of lives, destruction of homes, and forced recruitment of men and boys.

The conflict has left girls and women as sex slaves, disrupted livelihoods, and severed access to essential services. As of January 2024, more than 582,000 people remain displaced, with ongoing attacks contributing to the trauma and displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners are working to provide immediate support in settlements like Lianda, but chronic underfunding poses a significant obstacle. The conflict persists, causing new displacements, and the urgent need for resources to address the long-term assistance for internally displaced people is crucial. 


Inês Nambueda, 42, prepares food for her family in front of her unfinished shelter in Lianda IDP site. “My house in my village is still standing, I was willing to return there, but because of the volatile security situation, I decided to come to Lianda with my mother and my five children” she says.

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