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MSF working around clock to help Mozambicans displaced by insurgency violence

Thousands have fled, seeking refuge in recent days following violent attacks by insurgents.

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 1,000 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 - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that it would continue to work around the clock to assist thousands of people needing help in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Thousands have fled, seeking refuge in recent days following violent attacks by insurgents.

MSF teams have been deployed to assist people with medical care.

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Scared, traumatised hungry and desperate, that's how Doctors Without Borders project director, Luiz Guimaraes, in Mozambique described the situation.

“We have three mobile clinics around Pemba city. We provide for more or less 400, 450 consultations per day.”

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He said that out of fear people fled, walking long distances on foot without food and shelter.

Guimaraes said that teams were also assisting with water and sanitation as people needed clean water to drink.

“In this situation, they drink dirty water and they have a lot of diseases caused by waterborne pathogens.”

He said that they had implemented mental health services to help people to cope with their traumatic experiences.

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