Bishop António Juliasse Sandramo, administrator of the diocese of Pemba, northern Mozambique, warned this Friday (23.07) of the danger of creating “an industry of suffering” that “dispels” humanitarian aid, calling for the channeling of aid to the needy. “When there are situations of suffering, an industry of suffering can be created, which takes advantage of the suffering of the people,” said Sandramo. The industry of suffering, he continued, can be set up by humanitarian support organizations, through the installation of heavy functioning structures that pay high salaries to their workers. These entities can channel more resources to their machine than to populations in need, maintained the bishop.

The administrator of the diocese of Pemba said that the priority must be to support victims of armed violence in Cabo Delgado. On the other hand, the availability of goods for humanitarian aid can also attract the temptation of diversion, in a country with endemic levels of corruption, he added. “This risk [of diversion of humanitarian aid] exists, with the levels that we have of corruption in Mozambique, it makes the risk greater,” he said.

Sandramo said that the country must work so that “the aid that is announced on behalf of displaced people in Cabo Delgado is truly oriented to alleviate the suffering of these people and nothing but that”.

Bishop António Juliasse Sandramo also called for respect for human rights by foreign troops deployed in the province, warning of the risk of aggravation of violence. “All the action that must be done [by foreign military forces] is towards restoring peace and nothing more than that, and it must be done with respect for human life,” said Sandramo. He said that foreign military intervention should not result in the perpetuation of violence and abuse against the population. “May the violence not continue and may all this not lead to human deaths,” he stressed.

The administrator of the diocese of Pemba emphasized that the presence of foreign military personnel opens a new cycle in the war against armed groups, warning of the unpredictability of the outcome. “Our province of Cabo Delgado has entered a new cycle in relation to this violence that we are experiencing, which is the cycle that was inaugurated with the entry of foreign forces to support the Mozambican Defense and Security Forces in facing this situation”, he highlighted António Juliasse Sandramo. “It’s a new cycle in which we are only seeing the beginning, but we don’t know what the course will be and not even the end,” he said. The Catholic Church, he continued, will follow the evolution of the situation, with confidence and prayer to God, for the end of the conflict.

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