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Mozambique: Jihadi violence sparks year-high number of children fleeing

Displaced families in the Cabo Delgado province, flee on June 14, 2022 armed insurgents who attacked their community on June 12th.   -  
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A new wave of violence in Cabo Delgado, north-eastern Mozambique, has forced more than 30,000 children to flee in June. The Ngo Save the children said Friday, it was the highest number of children uprooted in a single month since jihadist insurgents destabilized the province in 2017.

More than 4,000 people have been killer according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project. Since July 2021, a 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission (SAMIM) backs Mozambique in its fight against jihadists.

If the alliance has enabled military advances on the field, insecurity remains prevalent in the oil-rich province.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, children in Cabo Delgado are above the national average in most social negative indicators such as chronic malnutrition, school completion rate, illiteracy rate and access to basic social services.

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