Though the COVID pandemic has driven many aid organizations out of Mozambique, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and their partner Pro Vision continue to supply food, clothing, and shelter for Christians and non-Muslims displaced by Islamist extremists. Just a few months ago, the Islamist militants beheaded 20 people in villages then burned a farming community to the ground, decapitating 50 residents on a soccer field. According to estimates, over 700,000 people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance.
In the Cabo Delgado region alone, over 300,000 people have been driven from their homes by Islamist militants who have been seeking to establish an Islamic state in the resource-rich northern province. Mozambique’s government is struggling to deal with the growing crisis. Camps for the internally displaced are overflowing and many people are suffering hunger. Widescale youth unemployment and the lack of prospects provide the ideal conditions for terror groups to recruit and radicalize followers. Over the past three years, the Islamist insurgency has grown in strength and brutality.
Mark Harper, team leader with CSI’s partner Pro-Vision Mozambique, recalls meeting Pastor Joao in Cabo Delgado’s main city, Pemba.
“Pastor Joao has taken a number of displaced people into his own little mud house, including the children of a colleague and his wife who were beheaded by Islamists,”
“Pastor Joao isn’t just providing comfort. He has also bravely helped people to flee and has supplied them with clothes and food.”
CSI is supporting the work of Pro-Vision in Cabo Delgado by providing funds so that pastors can make tents, provisions and money available to those who have fled their homes. For more information visit http://www.csi-usa.org.