Lent Appeal for Hidden Crisis in Mozambique
As reported in the Church Times this week, there is a humanitarian crisis in Northern Mozambique as growing numbers of people have lost their homes amid escalating conflict.
Unfortunately, the horrendous violations which are occurring are not really being reported by the British press, who have their time taken up with our Covid crisis and the American situation.
However, this is a real emergency, and we can do a little to help our link parish of Pemba, and the people displaced. Several of us attended a zoom meeting on January 14th with Bishop Manuel, who visited Teddington a few years ago. He told us of the struggles that they are all facing.
- Firstly, climate change has brought cyclones, tremendous storms and flooding but also terrible droughts which makes the seasons very difficult for the farmers to predict.
- Like everywhere in the world, they are suffering from Covid where the virus is being taken into the villages by family members, who normally live in the towns and cities but due to restrictions have returned home.
- Thirdly, and the most acute, is the humanitarian situation in Northern Mozambique which has deteriorated over the last year due to an extreme and violent insurgency; half a million people have fled their homes in Cabo Delgado and many have been killed.
Families as well as orphaned children need support - the bare essentials, food and hygiene goods. The camps are overcrowded and there is a lack of access to clean water and sanitization. This is leading to illness and outbreaks of cholera.
The Diocese of Nampula is working with the displaced in host communities and in camps to support their needs. Muassite Miguel, who also visited Teddington in 2019, heads the community development work for the diocese.
WE NEED YOUR HELP – the Emergency Appeal for Mozambique will this year be our Parish Lent Appeal. Please:
- make online donations via the link at the top of this page
- send cheques (payable to PCC of St Mary with St Alban) to the parish office
All funds raised will be transferred to MANNA, the UK charity supporting the Anglican churches in Mozambique whose trustees include our own Joe Moffatt and Sarah Rae: MANNA are running a Cabo Delgado Emergency Appeal which will ensure that funds get to where they need to be as quickly as possible.
Bishop Manuel gave us an update on the work being done as a result of our 2020 Lent Appeal:
- a bore hole has been drilled
- a water-pump is up and running
- the foundations for the new school at Chimoio have been laid (thankfully it is in a region further south than the conflict).
So we thank God for these developments, and pray that our donations this year can help to relieve the suffering of all those who have had to flee their homes.