From ARIMANDO DOMINGOS
in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News)
– A ceasefire agreement has failed to halt displacements in Mozambique and is exacerbating a dislodgment caused by El Nino drought and Tropical Cyclone Dineo.
It had been anticipated the treaty between the ruling Freedom for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) and opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) who radical elements have been involved in banditry and sabotage would see a decrease in the number of victims fleeing the violence.
Victims appear skeptical and adopted a wait-and-see approach following ineffectiveness of past agreements between the rival parties. Several ceasefires have collapsed since the 2014 poll that Renamo claims was rigged.
United Nations agencies said displacement tracking matrices (DTM) exercises highlights that the number of conflict driven IDPs remain almost stagnant.
A displacement matrix the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) participated indicated there were 15 128 internally-displaced people (IDPs) in November 2016 versus 15 121 in February 2017.
The crisis is rife in the western Manica Province bordering Zimbabwe.
Thousands are displaced in Mozambique also because of drought and Cyclone Dineo, which killed seven people and affected 550 000 people, mostly in the southern provinces of Gaza and Inhambane.
Heavy rains in the southern and central provinces of Inhambane and Sofala resulted in the localized floods and the displacement of 3 300 people and isolation of an additional 3 662 with cut off access to basic services.