Rev. Chikoya said it is high time various stakeholders and the Government of Mozambique came to a realization that it was everyone’s mandate to champion peace and social justice, not only in Mozambique but Africa as a whole.
Rev. Chikoya said had it not been for the devastating COVID-19 restrictions, there could have been a solidarity visit to Mozambique to bring the limelight of the situation in Cabo Delgado.
He further called for tolerance among leaders and urged them to desist from merely engaging in what he termed as ‘Public Relations’ activities.
And speaking at the same event, FOCCISA General Secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana said the Council is eagerly waiting for first-hand actual eye witness information pertaining to human trafficking and alleged removal of body parts.
Bishop Mpumlwana further urged journalists to take a keen interest in investigating and following up the occurrence while working hand in hand with other organizations on the ground.
According to the United Nations, a growing Islamist insurgency has been raging in Cabo Delgado for over three years. Since the first attack in 2017 by a militant group known locally as al-Shabab, more than 2,000 people have been killed and more than 500,000 others have been forced to flee their homes.
Militants linked to al-Shabab, which is considered to be the Mozambique affiliate of the Islamic State terror group, have reportedly carried out more than 600 attacks since the beginning of their insurgency.
The militants have taken control of territory in Cabo Delgado, including a strategic port, and burned dozens of villages across the resource-rich province.