1. Youth in Nampula extend compassion to IDP’s

 

On 25 October 2022 Caritas Nampula made a major delivery of essential food to the displaced living in Namiconha. Their situation is of particular concern – they are twice displaced, having fled from Mocimbooa da Praia to Ancuabe, and then when Ancuabe was attacked, to Nampula. They are not receiving any humanitarian assistance from any other source. This donation is particularly poignant – the week before, Archbishop Inacio Saure of Nampula conducted a retreat for the youth from two parishes: Sagrado Coração de Jesus de Ribaue and Nossa Senhora de Fátima de Lalaua. The youth were so touched, that they collected the money amongst themselves to buy the maize meal – a beautiful gesture of solidarity and compassion, considering that the youths themselves are not much better off than the displaced.

 

 

2. Collaboration between Mozambique and UAE deepened

 

In our country update of 23 August 2022, we reported on the involvement of the UAE in Mozambique, almost always overlooked by analyses of th war, and the fact that the “smoking gun” of who is behind the conflict could be pointing to the UAE. On 24 October 2022 the relationship was deepened. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of Mozambique, along with his accompanying delegation at the Zabeel Palace in Dubai. The leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation across various sectors in the best interests of the peoples of both countries.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid welcomed the President of Mozambique in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE; and Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid underscored the UAE’s keenness to foster trade and commercial relations with Mozambique and other African nations. His Highness noted the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that bind the two countries and their keenness to explore ways of expanding their partnership to promote mutual investments and enhance stability and prosperity.

The leaders assessed opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation in different sectors, especially economic fields, and reviewed steps to increase mutual trade and investment opportunities. They discussed ways to share knowledge and expertise in several areas, including trade, agriculture, and tourism. The meeting addressed various aspects of UAE-Mozambique ties and the opportunities available to expand the scope of common interests. The two leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

President Nyusi expressed his pride in the strong relations between Mozambique and the UAE. He said he hoped to see even greater cooperation between the two countries in various vital fields.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and President Nyusi also witnessed the signing of several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) covering various sectors. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Verónica Macamo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, signed an MoU on security and counterterrorism. Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Mozambique’s Verónica Macamo signed an MoU on military collaboration and an economic and technical collaboration agreement. Also present during the meeting were Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council; and Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State.

 

3. Cabo Delgado: Five dead and destruction after further incursions into Macomia

 

An unknown armed group attacked last Sunday (23.10) the village of Macomia, in the center of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, killed five people and destroyed houses and vehicles, local militia sources reported on Monday (24.10). Six other people were injured, three of whom were transported to Pemba Hospital. Mozambican and Rwandan troops stationed in the area in northern Mozambique responded to the attack and, according to a

community source, the most affected neighborhood was Napulubo, from where residents fled. “There was intense fire, we are in the woods,” said one of the displaced.

Violence broke out a day after gunmen reduced to ashes a church further south in Namapamo, in the district of Chiúre. The same assailants sacked the community and took corn, rice and chickens, reported a village source, who laments the recent deaths of other residents whose bodies were found decapitated. A group of soldiers was deployed to Namapamo and Micoleni, another village targeted by raids.

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