International Aid Agency, Save the Children reports that children, as young as 11 years old are being beheaded in the Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado as conflict continues to displace thousands.
The agency which spoke to displaced families reported horrifying scenes of murder and grief and the loss of loved ones.
Save the Children quoted one mother who spoke of her eldest child being beheaded near where she was hiding with her other three children.
The “That night our village was attacked and houses were burned. When it all started, I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.”
Nearly 670,000 people are now displaced inside Mozambique due to the conflict in Cabo Delgado. At least 2,614 people have died in the conflict, including 1,312 civilians .The situation is said to have seriously deteriorated over the past twelve months, with the escalation of attacks on villages.
Another parent is currently seeking shelter in her brother’s home with her three children. Her fourth child was eleven when he was murdered by armed men, and she says she is heartbroken because she didn’t have the chance to say goodbye or give her son a proper burial.
“After my 11-year-old son was killed, we understood that it was no longer safe to stay in my village. We fled to my father’s house in another village, but a few days later the attacks started there too. Me, my father and the children spent five days eating green bananas and drinking banana tree water until we got transport that brought us here.”
(With input from Save the Children)