[Paris, November 22nd 2022] The entire staff of the NGO SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is shocked following the announcement of the death of one of their colleagues, victim of an attack by an armed group on Sunday, November 20th 2022. The incident happened on a road in the district of Muidumbe towards Palma, in the Province of Cabo-Delgado, in Mozambique.
This member of the local staff of the organization was travelling privately from Pemba towards Palma in order to join the distribution activities of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, when the car he was in was targeted.
“The murder of our colleague and the civilians travelling with him shocks and repels us. In Mozambique or elsewhere, the civilian population should never be targeted. Our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, loved ones and all our colleagues, affected by the sudden loss of one of our members,” said Kevin Goldberg, Director General of the NGO SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL.
Mozambique has been affected since 2017 by a conflict between Ansar al-Sunna, an extremist group which has pledged allegiance to the EIAC (Islamic State in Central Africa), and Mozambican security forces supported by various allies. The violence caused by the conflict is leading to population displacement and an increasingly rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation, particularly in the northern regions of the country, which were already among the poorest prior to the conflict.
The NGO SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL intervened in the country in March 2019 following Cyclone Idai and then again in 2021, to respond to the increase in violence in the province of Cabo Delgado, through water, sanitation and hygiene projects, emergency shelter and food assistance.
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