Easter is the most sacred occasion in Christianity. The resurrection of Christ marks the triumph of life over death, of light over darkness. In Northern Mozambique, where the war is gathering in intensity, where close to 3 000 people have already been killed – often in the cruellest ways imaginable, where 700 000 people have lost everything (their homes, their communities, their loved ones, their livelihoods) and now face disease and imminent starvation in resettlement villages, the message of Easter becomes particularly pertinent. For most displaced people, their faith is all they have left. It is their only source of hope. The Church is their only safe space, the only place where they find empathy and compassion.

Over this past Easter weekend, the Church in the Diocese of Pemba and in the Archdiocese of Nampula reached out to the destitute, showing light in the darkness, the triumph of hope over despair.

Nampula: The Archdiocese of Nampula runs the “Aldeia da Esperança” (Village of Hope) – a centre for orphans, most of them severely traumatised. On Sunday 4 April Dom Inacio Saure, the Archbishop of Nampula, gave a lunch at the Village of Hope for the orphans, and a motivational talk.

Metuge: Fr Edegard Silva Junior was the parish priest at Muidumbe for many years. He was present when the Mission was attacked and destroyed in the last quarter of 2020 – an attack that reverberated around the world. He fled with the survivors of the attack through the bush to Pemba, some 200 km away, where he settled his parishioners – some in the city of Pemba and some in the reception camp at Metuge. Religious services and pastoral care continue even in the situation of displacement.

Over the Easter weekend, the new Church built by the Muidumbe IDP’s in Metuge was inaugurated. It was a joyful occasion.

Below: Opening Procession

Below: Foot Washing Ceremony

Below: Fr Edegard Preaching

Below: Fr Edegard with Parishioners, and standing in front of new Church

Pemba: In a beautiful display of solidarity, Fr Edegard’s parishioners in Pemba have been daily feeding more than 300 families, newly arrived from Palma. Most of them are IDP’s themselves, having fled from Muidumbe to Pemba. See photographs below, of lunch being prepared by the Muidumbe IDP’s for the Palma IDP’s on Easter Sunday:

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