WFP’s Response to Clashes in Northern Mozambique

Photo: WFP/Grant Lee Neuenburg
Published April 1, 2021

PEMBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working around the clock to assist people in need following the latest outbreak of violence in Palma town, Cabo Delgado Province, northern Mozambique. The brutal attacks have left thousands of people fleeing their homes in Palma and in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

The U.N. World Food Programme has ramped up assistance and aims to reach up to 50,000 people affected by the attacks.

Below is an operational update:

  • The U.N. World Food Programme is providing emergency food assistance including High Energy Biscuits and Immediate Response Rations (IRR) consisting of rice, pulses, vegetable oil, canned foods such as sardines and beans, biscuits and water for people being evacuated both by air and sea as well as for those fleeing on foot.
  • Some 2,000 of these ration kits are currently being deployed to support displaced people should they arrive in Pemba, Ibo Island and neighbouring districts such as Mueda and Nangade.
  • The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) managed by the U.N. World Food Programme is providing an air bridge to transport critical medical staff, humanitarian workers as close as possible to the operational sites, as well as provide medical evacuation of people in need.
  • UNHAS is exceptionally supporting the evacuation of civilians, including women and children and those critically injured. Since the onset of the crisis on March 24, a total of 18 UNHAS rotations were made, evacuating 335 people.
  • The U.N. World Food Programme is committed to ensuring emergency assistance reaches those who need it most and plans to continue food assistance in Palma as soon as it is safe for all humanitarian staff and partners to do so: the U.N. World Food Programme and UNICEF are on stand-by with an extra 2,000 food kits and water, sanitation and hygiene emergency kits to assist affected people in Palma.
  • The U.N. World Food Programme is working with partners to deploy humanitarian teams in strategic points to receive people who are fleeing clashes and is contributing to the collective effort of humanitarian organizations and civil society to provide social services to those affected.
  • Prior to the attacks, the U.N. World Food Programme and partners had delivered 258 metric tons (568,793 pounds) of food and nutrition assistance to meet the needs of nearly 16,000 people for a month in Palma.

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