For me, the world is an idyllic place right now. As I stand at my desk in my home office, I am kissed by the summer breeze, tickled by the grey squirrel scurrying up the nearby tree, and, of course, the sun is shining. I am reminded of the short verse, Pippa’s Song by Robert Browning: God’s in His heaven – All’s right with the world!
But for so many, many people the world is far from ‘right’, and is in fact a very fragile space. I stand here and read that since 2017, due to insurgency in Mozambique, more than 700,000 people have been displaced in Cabo Delgado, its northernmost province. A further 64,099 people were internally displaced after an attack in Palma, which is 32 kilometres from the border with Tanzania, in March 2021.
These figures represent a third of the population that are internally displaced from their homes. This, of course, increases instability and exacerbates pre-existing high levels of chronic malnutrition. It is very likely that malnutrition may continue to soar.
Of those people who are internally displaced, the vast majority (85%) are currently housed with relatives and family members. However, with the continual rise of internally displaced persons there is an urgent need for food aid and ‘WASH’ (water, sanitation and hygiene). There is also the need for assistance with shelter, as overcrowding is a growing concern.
Recently, the number of cases of cholera and COVID-19 in Cabo Delgado has decreased, but there is a need to remain vigilant, as the area remains vulnerable to outbreaks of disease.
As I read about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, I have mixed emotions. I am deeply saddened for the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods. I am particularly concerned that 43% of them are children, and I think about my own grandchildren. But I am also deeply encouraged and humbled by the work that ADRA is doing to alleviate the suffering. There are several development pathways that ADRA is engaged with in Mozambique. However, one major initiative is the Displacement WASH Project. Here we continue activities to construct latrines and drill boreholes.
You are probably wondering how you can help and assist the work that ADRA is doing all around the world. One way is to sign a plan for your giving to ADRA-UK by completing a direct debit form. You can find one of these on our website : www.adra.org.uk/donate. You can also call our office on 0303 040 1017 and ask for a form to be posted out to you, if that is more appropriate.
If you just wish to give a one-off donation, you can do this through our website as well or by calling the office on 0303 040 1017 and making a card donation, or by sending a cheque to Adventist Development & Relief Agency – UK, Stanborough Park, Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 9JZ.
ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency: here to support the world’s most vulnerable communities through justice, love and compassion.
Written by: Pastor Bert Smit (CEO)