Solidarités international is in mourning. A humanitarian worker from the French NGO was killed in an ambush by an armed group in northern Mozambique, overwhelmed by jihadist violence, we learned from the organization on Tuesday.
The NGO “is in shock following the announcement of the death of one of their colleagues, victim of an attack by an armed group” on Sunday on a road in the district of Muidumbe towards Palma, in the province of Cabo Delgado, writes Solidarités international in a press release. He was on his way after the weekend break to reach Palma from the provincial capital Pemba, when his car was targeted.
An NGO present in 23 countries
The victim, aged around 30, was of Mozambican nationality, said a spokesperson for the organization based in Paris and present in 23 countries. Other people were killed, she added, adding that she did not have more details at this stage. The Mozambican news site Zitamargenerally well-informed, reported a total of five deaths, including the chief of operations of the Palma police, his wife and nephew, as well as the aid worker.
Solidarités International, regularly present in Mozambique and back since last year, was preparing distributions, particularly of food in the region. “The murder of our colleague and the civilians traveling with him shocks and revolts us,” lamented the director of the NGO, Kevin Goldberg.
More than 4,400 victims in five years
The northern border province of Tanzania, poor and predominantly Muslim, is plagued by jihadist violence that has killed more than 4,400 people, including nearly 2,000 civilians since October 2017, according to the NGO Acled, which collects data in areas of conflict. The violence also caused the flight of a million people, according to the UN. In March 2021, a carefully planned deadly raid devastated the port city of Palma, 75,000 inhabitants. The natural gas megaproject of the French group TotalEnergies, just a few kilometers away, was then stopped dead.