Germany will disburse €4.2M by the end of 2022 to a project by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to “strengthen stability and security in the cross-border area” of Mozambique and Tanzania, the German embassy announced.
The initiative aims to “improve relations between police authorities and communities” contributing to “the maintenance of peace and stability”, reads the statement.
On the Mozambican side, the project will be implemented in Cabo Delgado, which borders Tanzania along the Rovuma River, while on the Tanzanian side, to the north, communities in the province of Mtwara will be covered.
That border division is one of the suspected routes of entry of terrorists into northern Mozambique, but it is also the destination of thousands of displaced people fleeing the violence in Cabo Delgado for Tanzania – which are invariably returned to Mozambican soil.
The project hopes to improve the relationship between “police authorities and local communities”, while promoting “greater cross-border security for the local population and displaced persons” from armed violence in northern Mozambique.
“This support stems from the German commitment to preventing crises, managing conflicts and promoting peace,” said Rüdiger Zettel, charge d’affaires at the German embassy in Mozambique.
“Strong collaboration between affected communities and the local police force can make a big difference in tackling the crisis,” he added.
“After observing the evolution of needs in northern Mozambique, our partnership with the German Government could not be more timely to help the Government of Mozambique,” said Laura Tomm Bonde, IOM’s Head of Mission in Mozambique.
“This partnership significantly contributes to peace and stability in the affected areas” she added.
According to Mozambican border authorities, more than 9,600 displaced people have been forcibly repatriated across Tanzania through the Negomano border post since January this year.
About 900 were literally “pushed” back to Mozambique in just a few days, June 7-9, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).