1. Atrocities Continue in Cabo Delgado

The Pontifical Foundation Aid for the Church in Need (ACN) warned of a wave of “serious incidents” in Cabo Delgado Province, with “the beheading of people, burned homes and a worrying spree of destruction.”

“The group Islamic State, which has claimed attacks in the Cabo Delgado region in recent years, appears to be reorganizing itself locally, referring to itself as ‘Wilayah Mozambique’, or ‘Province of Mozambique’,” warns a statement issued by ACN. Macomia district emerges as the “center of terrorist operations”, with incidents reported in the towns of Nkoe, New Zambezia, Nguia and Chicomo on May 20 and 21.

The information was confirmed by several missionaries present in the region, whose identity is kept anonymous for security reasons, stressing that “the attacks had a greater expression than the authorities intend to believe.”

“It was not only civilians who were beheaded, but also military, this the government does not allow to disclose and so we have a huge difficulty in obtaining more accurate information,” says one of the priests. A religious present in the region witnessed “the systematic abduction of people who are in the villages and fields especially women and mothers with their own children”.


 

2. Cabo Delgado Clinics Funded By Pope Francis Completed

On 23 May 2022, the Bishop of the Diocese of Pemba, Don António Juliasse Sandramo inaugurated and delivered to the provincial government of two Health Centers, named after Pope Francis. This is the Pope Francis health center in Nikwapa, in the Montepuez district, and the Pope Francis de Marrupa Health Center in the Chiúre district, the fruit of Pope Francis’ offer to victims of the armed conflict. The ceremony was attended by the former Bishop of Pemba, Dom Luiz Fernando Lisboa C.P. , to whom the Holy Father had sent the donation, as well as several other Bishops of Mozambique.

The delivery of the centers to the government of Cabo Delgado was made by Don António Juliasse, who asked the professionals of those centers to perform their work with love, like their patron. “Health centers must provide quality services to the people and those who will work here do so with humanity for displaced families and the community at large.” He also assured that the diocese of Pemba will continue to assist the services provided in both centers.

For his part, the governor of Cabo Delgado, Valige Tauabo said that the inauguration of these health units is an example that must be replicated in all sectors of society. These are contributions that can improve the lives of the population and took the opportunity to thank the diocese and, in particular, the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

The provincial director of health, Magido Sabune, speaking on behalf of the professionals in that sector, undertook to conserve the facilities and take good care of the patients who will need the services provided in those health units.


DHPI Hosts Summer School On International Migration With Wuerzburg University And Scalabrini Centre For Migration Studies

By: Sheila Pires

Religious Sisters, Representatives from Catholic Charity Organisations, Professors from different countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America, Social workers and students from the German University of Wurzburg gathered at Padre Pio Conference Centre for a four-day symposium on International Migration.

The symposium entitled Strengthening South-South Dialogue on Global Migration is hosted by the SACBC Dennis Hurley Peace Institute in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg-Scheinfurt (FHWS) (Germany), the Scalabrini Centre for Migratory Studies in Brazil, University of Johannesburg, and University of Pretoria.

The symposium financed by Misereor aims to support and enhance North-South as well as South-South exchanges of academics, students and organizations working in the field of social work and (forced) migration.

During the first week of the symposium from May 23 to 26, Scalabrini Religious Sisters together with Professors and social workers addressed various topics regarding global migration, namely: Social Work and Decolonization, Recovering Traces of Global Social Policy Otherwise: The Non-Aligned Movement and the New International Economic Order, Interrogating Migration and Social Transformation, Social Security Exclusions in the Wake of a Deadly Covid Pandemic, The War in Northern Mozambique: A Political-Economy Analysis, Experiences of working with people on the move in Mozambique from church actors, Xenophobic attacks against migrants in South Africa. How to create solidarity in a divided society? Social work remedies for the crisis in southeast Nigeria: Rebalancing the wheels of internal displacement and irregular migration, Refugee policy and practice in Uganda, War Induced Displacement, and its Impact on the Human Living: The Current Situation in Ethiopia, COVID-19 Safety measures and Socioeconomic Status in Urban Zimbabwe.

During the second part of the symposium from May 26 to June 02, the 14 students specializing in international social work from the University of Wurzburg (Germany) who are in South Africa for the international winter/summer school, will be placed with refugee families in Johannesburg and P

Another highlight of the symposium was the launch of two books, namely.

“Migration and Social Transformation: Engaged Perspectives” which was presented by Professor Tanja Kleibl from the University of Applied Sciences Wurzburg-Scheinfurt (FHWS) (Germany) and Sr Maria do Carmo dos Santos Gonçalves Director of the Scalabrinian Center for Migratory Studies – (CSEM)

The other book launched during the symposium was “The Coronavirus Crisis and Challenges to Social Development: Global Perspectives” presented by Janestic Twikirizi from Makerere University, Uganda.

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