Doctors Without Borders dealing with 450 queries per day around Pemba

Doctors Without Borders project coordinator Luiz Guimaraes in Mozambique said the situation was serious and teams were doing their best to assist those who have been hurt during the conflict.

People wait for their relatives and friends to arrive in Pemba on 1 April 2021, from the boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma. More than a thousand people evacuated from the shores of the town of Palma arrived at the sea port of Pemba after insurgents attacked Palma on 24 March 2021. Picture: Alfredo Zuniga/AFP

CAPE TOWN – Humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders, on Tuesday said it was hard at work responding to the consequence of violence in the city of Palma in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Since the recent violent attacks on villages in the area, hundreds of people have been trying to find places of safety - some even fleeing by foot. Teams were stationed at various points to assist people with medical care.

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Doctors Without Borders project coordinator Luiz Guimaraes in Mozambique told Eyewitness News the situation was serious and teams were doing their best to assist those who have been hurt during the conflict.

“In Pemba, where I am, we have more than 150,000 people.”

He said staff was providing between 400 to 450 consultations per day on the outskirts of Pemba where there are internally displaced peoples' camps with mobile clinics. Staff members were also trying to assist people with mental healthcare as people wee traumatised.

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Guimaraes added that people were scared dehydrated, hungry and desperate.

“People walked about 250kms; there is lack of water, shelter and a lot of malaria.”

The insurgency in the north of the country has been growing since 2017 and Palma, just six miles from Africa's largest gas production facility, was already surrounded and effectively cut off.

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