WFP: Nearly 1 million people facing severe hunger in Mozambique

An Aerial view taken on February 24, 2021 shows temporary houses in the Napala Agrarian Center of Metuge District, Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. - The place functions as a center for displaced people who fled their communities due to attacks by armed insurgents in the northern area of Cabo Delgado's province. 3,000 people currently live according to government figures. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga / AFP)

World Food Programme, WFP, the United Nations food agency has on Tuesday said that more than 950,000 people are facing severe hunger in Mozambique.

Speaking in Geneva, Tomson Phiri, a spokesman for the World Food Programme said “As the security situation continues to deteriorate, more than 950,000 people in the north of Mozambique are now facing severe hunger.”

Recent attacks by insurgents in Mozambique has forced out at least 11,000 people.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of states on April 8 directed an immediate technical deployment to the Republic of Mozambique, and the convening of a meeting of the ministerial committee of the organ by April 28, that will report to the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit on April 29.

More than 2,600 people have been killed and 670,000 displaced since the rebel insurgency started in 2017, creating a massive humanitarian crisis, according to U.N. agencies.