UN Raises Alarm on How Fleeing Mozambicans Are Rejected in Tanzania

Fleeing Mozambicans from the troubled Palma region are being rejected or accepted and later ejected in Tanzania, the United Nations Refugee Agency has said.

In an address at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday, the agency’s Spokesperson, Babar Baloch said 9,600 persons were rejected or accepted and later ejected in Cabo Delgado region.

The region has been under attack of insurgents since 2017 following a gas plant project by French energy company Total and the reported neglect of locals in the region.

The presence of militants in Cabo-Delgado region saw a heavy attack in Palma killing hundreds and forcing the displacement of thousands of Mozambicans.

The UNHCR has placed the figures of displaced people from Palma at 70,000, with some of them stuck at Tanzanian borders.

Refugees said they were either outrightly rejected in the country or were accepted and later sent out of the country where they face threats of being attacked again or their women being raped.

Baloch also pointed out there are some Mozambicans still seeking safety in Palma, are subjected to different threats.

More than 800,000 people have been displaced from their homes since fighting started in the country four years ago.

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