Rising militant attacks in Mozambique has caused the migration of more than 400,000 locals, the United Nations Refugee agency has said.
The lusophone country has been dealing with a crisis in the Cabo Delgado region, with experts saying the problems may persist longer than thought, and may cross the borders of Mozambique.
Cabo Delgado is home to Mozambique’s natural gas deposits, estimated to be in the region of $60bn.
Locals who have had to battle the harsh effects of an unfortunate cyclone in 2019 have also been forced to run for their lives following the rising insurgency in the region.
While the UN puts the figure of those who have fled the region at 424,000, local authorities have said over 500,000 people have left the region in fear.
In addition with the support of the United States who recently showed interest in helping Mozambique, the country will launch an international appeal for funding on Friday. The funds generated will be primarily to support those who have fled Cabo Delgado.
Lusophone countries, comprising every Portuguese-speaking country of the world have also pledged to support one of their own. Brazil, Portugal, Equatorial Guinea and others have indicated interest in helping Mozambique to overcome the insurgency.
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