Chaos at aid camps in Mozambique

Gift of the Givers was forced to walk out of an aid distribution camp in flood-hit Mozambique this week.

Gift of the Givers was forced to walk out of an aid distribution camp in flood-hit Mozambique this week. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Aid agency Gift of the Givers on Friday said it was forced to walk out of an aid distribution camp in Mozambique this week; after chaos erupted among displaced people when it emerged there was not enough food for everyone.

The situation turned violent when police allegedly started whipping people.

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said they walked out of the camp when they realised some of the people affected were not on the list to receive aid.

"When we got to the camp after two and a half days, nothing was arranged. There were fictitious names, it was disorganised [and] people on the lists were all leaders of the camp….

"But we did not walk out of Mozambique; we walked out of one camp."

He said distribution in other camps was carried out as planned.

"Soon afterwards, I found another area which we had pre-arranged… it worked like magic in every area."

At least 40 people have died and 150,000 people left homeless since January, when the country was hit by heavy rains.

The Mozambique Disaster Management Coordination Council (INGC) issued a red alert for affected areas on 22 January.

In 2000, more than 700 people were killed when Mozambique suffered record floods.

United Nations says at least $15 million in aid is needed for relief efforts.