Dom Inácio Saúre, who is also archbishop of the northern ecclesiastical province, responsible for the dioceses of Nampula, Nacala, Pemba, Lichinga and Gurué, the latter in Zambézia, said that the church is and will continue to support the internally displaced who seek shelter in Nampula.

“The feeling is very painful,” he describes. “I really speak as a pastor, with a bleeding heart when I see all of our brothers who are completely destitute. We, in our poverty, do not have much chance of responding to the different concerns they present,” he commented. “We are very committed to welcoming these brothers of ours,” he lamented.

The archbishop of Nampula announced the construction and distribution of more than 200 houses, made of pewter and zinc sheet, in the Accommodation Center in Corane, Meconta district. “We are working with the Government and with all the other organizations that have projects there [in Corane]. They also told me about another organization that wants to build [other] 300 houses,” he said.

Construction work on the houses has not yet started, but the prelate assured that the contract will be soon. At this moment, the selection process of the first beneficiaries is underway. Elderly, families where their heads are children and women are a priority.

On a possible spread of the armed conflict in the north of the country, Dom Inácio Saúre says: “For me, as a pastor, it is very unfortunate that this continues to spread like this. Ways must be found to stop this as soon as possible”, he advised.

Johan Viljoen, Reabetswe Tloubatla, Fr Godlove Bong-Aba Ngenge

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