MSF teams have mobilised to provide medical assistance to people fleeing intense violence in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Since attacks began March, hundreds of people have fled the coastal city of Palma to nearby towns in search of safety - most fleeing by foot and hiding in the bush for days.
“As soon as the magnitude of the attacks in Palma became clearer, MSF teams across Cabo Delgado, including Montepuez, started preparing for a possible new wave of arrivals. In the last few days of March, around 400 people have reached Montepuez, more than a third of them children. The ones arriving say many others are on their way.
“Displaced people arrive in Montepuez agitated and overwhelmed by what they have seen. They cry while speaking about their situation. ‘They killed lots of people, they killed Palma,’ one person told me. They ran into the bush to save their lives and walked all day and night for four or five days.