Inês Tralhão Fernandes, Projects Officer
18 May 2021
The UN Security Council met on the situation in Africa and the humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado was one of the most important topics discussed. António Guterres (UNSG) mentioned the conflict in Cabo Delgado as one of the situations in which “the violence of extremist groups continues or worsens, in a continent where conflicts also resurfaced during the pandemic time”.
Thousands of people are fleeing the violence in northern Mozambique, with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) asking for the support of neighbouring Tanzania to keep its borders open to those in need of protection. Indications that people were being pushed back to Mozambique emerged last September and last April. UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov, said that several thousand Mozambicans have been pushed back from Tanzania into northern Mozambique since last year –including more than 1,500 this month. Single mothers and children are most at-risk. It is believed that more than 350,000 children have fled their homes to seek protection.
Following the meeting, the Security Council issued a statement expressing “grave concern about the devastating impact of COVID-19, noting its repercussions, and that the crisis has further exacerbated existing conflict drivers in Africa.” The Council further emphasized the importance of addressing the fundamental root causes and drivers of conflicts in Africa and called for all stakeholders to intensify efforts towards realization of development agendas outlined by the African Union and the UN, respectively.
Security Council Statement available at: