Image from refugee settlements housing those who fled Cabo Delgado Province. (Images by Johan Viljoen; © Aid to the Church in Need).
A priest has expressed fears over the fate of the faithful who fled Palma, in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, following the 29th March attack.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Father António Chamboco said that, with thousands still missing, he is deeply concerned for the lives of his parishioners, as “almost nothing is known” about their whereabouts.

Members of the militant Islamist network Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on the port town, which is estimated to have made more than 50,000 homeless.
Father Chamboco, who was away from Palma when jihadists attacked, said: “When I heard about the attack, I felt pain and sadness – pain because I have been in Palma for a year and had already grown to love the people, the community there.” 

A video sent to ACN, reportedly taken in Palma after the attack, shows decapitated and mutilated bodies.

Ulrich Kny, ACN Project Head for Mozambique, said: “The images we have seen are shocking. We cannot even share them because they wound human dignity by their brutality.”

He added: “We wonder how many more deaths there must be before the world does something to stop this violence. These lives do not seem to count. It tears my heart out.”

Mr Kny said ACN has helped the local Church with more than £135,000 in emergency aid, including supporting priests and Sisters ministering to internal refugees.

Speaking during Holy Week, Father António Chamboco said: “We pray during this Holy Week that Christ, with his suffering, death and resurrection, will bring relief to the people who are suffering at this time.
“We need to pray and trust in God to help and alleviate all these problems in Cabo Delgado province.”
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ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report Launch
Join us on Tuesday 20th April at 6pm for the launch of ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021.
Guest speakers include:
- Archbishop Nathanael Nizar Semaan of Hadiab, Erbil, Iraq and Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
- Brendan O’Hara, SNP MP and Afzal Khan MP who have both been to Lebanon with ACN,
Seema Maheshwary, who is a human rights activist in Pakistan and a member of Vigilance Committee of Human Rights Department, in the Provincial Government of Sindh and a Member of South Asia Forum for Freedom of Religion or Belief.
- Alexander Stafford MP, who has a long held interest in the plight of Christians in the Middle-East, will also speak, along with
- ACN UK’s John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information and
- Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director.
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