The European Union (EU) will provide 6.7 million euros for the World Food Program (WFP) to reinforce assistance to populations affected by the armed conflict in Cabo Delgado, the humanitarian agency announced.
“The humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique has pushed people to the limit. Those who manage to survive the attacks are forced to leave everything behind, including their livelihoods. Donors like the European Union are essential in helping the most vulnerable communities.” Antonella D’Aprile, WFP representative in Mozambique, said in a statement.
The EU contribution will guarantee food assistance for 360,000 displaced people, who will benefit from a “food portion consisting of rice, grain and oil, covering 80% of their daily kilocalorie needs”, through vouchers worth 3,600 meticais (47 euros) for the purchase of food in local markets.
“Valuable vouchers provide immediate relief to families in difficulty, while positively impacting the local economy and increasing economic resilience,” added WFP’s statement, which said that the funds will be used to support other projects. nutrition for minors in northern Mozambique.
Armed groups have terrorized Cabo Delgado province since 2017, with some attacks being claimed by the Islamic State group. There are more than 2,800 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and 732,000 displaced, according to the United Nations.