Islamists at the forefront in supporting refugees from Cabo Delgado - Plataforma Media

Islamists at the forefront in supporting refugees from Cabo Delgado

In the face of the great humanitarian crisis caused by the terrorist attacks, the Islamic Community of Mozambique (CIMO) has mobilized means and efforts to help the populations that have fled their villages.

In three years of armed attacks there are 200,000 displaced people from Cabo Delgado province.

They are grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, often sleeping in the open, vulnerable to diseases and even the Covid-19 pandemic, as Plataforma has reported, and vulnerable to hunger.

With the efforts of the Islamic Community of Mozambique, and due to a partnership between CIMO and the Muslim Community of Maputo (CMM), it has so far been possible to collect about 200 tons of flour and various food products for refugees in Cabo Delgado, according to a statement. of CIMO. It is estimated that around 9,000 kits will be distributed to the same number of families.

CIMO has already been distributing food products in the city and province of Nampula, in the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa, with the latter being distributed in the city of Lichinga.

The Governor of Cabo Delgado Province asked CIMO to forward part of the kits to the population of Ilha do Ibo, namely to the locality of Arimba and the administrative post of Quirimba in the districts of Quissanga and Ibo, having accredited the delegates of the community and made available a motor boat and two sailing boats, where around 636 kits were loaded.

There are almost 6 million Muslims in Mozambique.

Islam is the official religion of approximately 20% of the total population of Mozambique. In almost 30 million Mozambicans, there are about six million Muslims. Abdul Rashid Ismail, the leader of CIMO, estimates, according to his public statements, that there are about 65% of practitioners of the Muslim religion in Mozambique, but the percentage rises to 80% on the Island of Mozambique and 90% in Niassa and is even higher in other locations in the north of the country, namely in the province of Cabo Delgado.

The vast majority are Sunni, although some Shiites and Ismailis are also registered. Muslims are mainly Mozambican natives but also citizens of Indian and Pakistani descent and a very small number of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East.

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