Harry walking mum’s walk – Demining in Mozambique & Angola
“Every family needs their own Greta.” UK’s Prince Harry praised climate activist Greta Thunberg when he took to the stage at an awards ceremony in London on Sunday (November 17).
Prince Harry, Meghan visiting South Africa Earlier this year
Prince Harry, also known as the Duke of Sussex, is married to Meghan Markle. He is the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. The prince is brother to Prince William who is second in line to succeed their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
Women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to confront hunger, ensure nutrition and food security for all, improve education and health, create economic opportunity and respond to emergencies.
Women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to confront hunger, ensure nutrition and food security for all//Crimson Tazvinzwa
Today, nearly 821 million people around the world are chronically hungry and over 149 million children under five are stunted. In Mozambique, 70 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day and 80 percent of the population cannot afford an adequate diet. The country also struggles with chronic food insecurity, and the life expectancy is alarmingly low at 58 years – one of the lowest in the world. Women and girls bear the strongest brunt of food insecurity and hunger.
Furthermore, the country is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate shocks and extreme weather events such as drought, floods and cyclones. In March and April 2019, Cyclones Idai and Kenneth both hit Mozambique less than six weeks apart. The cyclones were the equivalent of category 2 and 4 hurricanes, respectively, and devastated local and regional infrastructure and destroyed more than 1.1 million acres of crops and productive land in the region. Cyclone Idai resulted in three million people, including 1.6 million children, in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
On this five-day trip, the delegation witnessed how simple solutions – such as agricultural research and development, nutrition education and creating opportunities to connect small-scale farmers to markets – can empower communities to escape poverty and reach their full potential.
During the trip, the delegation met with partner organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Potato Center, TechnoServe and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in addressing hunger and malnutrition in the region. They also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from USAID and the State Department. Lastly, the delegation sat down with communities to learn about the successes and obstacles they face when it comes to food security, nutrition, education and gender equality.
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Above: Residents stand on rooftops in a flooded area of Buzi (population 200,000), in central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after the passage of cyclone Idai. Image credit: ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images.
Resources stretched as Cyclone Kenneth piles misery on Mozambique
The United Nations has said it will grant Mozambique $13 million in emergency funds to help cope with the massive flooding and destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth, the second tropical storm to hit the country within weeks.
Cyclone Kenneth crashed into the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado on Thursday just as the country was recovering from Cyclone Idai that hit further south last month.
Weather experts are warning that Kenneth could dump twice as much rain on northern Mozambique as Idai did. It has already killed five people as it unleashed heavy rains and flooding that has seen rivers burst their banks and smash whole villages.
An estimated 160,000 people are at risk, with more torrential rain forecast in the coming days, officials have warned.
On Sunday, the UN said it would grant $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure.
“This new allocation of Central Emergency Response Fund funds will help humanitarian partners to scale up the response to address the needs of those most vulnerable in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth”, said UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock in a statement.
Earlier in April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) granted the southern African nation a $118.2 million credit facility, with the World Bank estimating that Mozambique and other countries affected by the tropical storm will need over $2 billion to recover.
Mozambique officials have described flooding from the new cyclone as “critical” in parts of Cabo Delgado province such as the towns of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga, where many buildings and homes have been destroyed.
As soon as the rains lift aid distribution will begin Monday via helicopter and boats in Ibo and Quissanga, said officials, noting that roads have been rendered impassable by the heavy rains. Canoes may be used to deliver aid in Macomia, they added.
Safe drinking water is also becoming a challenge as wells have been contaminated, raising the threat of cholera. Malaria is another concern.
The prolonged heavy rains in Pemba, the provincial capital and an historic port city, caused deadly mudslides. As the rains eased Monday, residents of a poor neighbourhood were digging for bodies.
Two houses were crushed by the collapse of a sprawling dumpsite that hit just after midnight when rains poured, local resident Manuel Joachim told the Associated Press.
“We have pulled out one body only, maybe we can find the other five,” he added.
In other parts of Pemba, some tried to return to a semblance of daily life amid the destruction.
At a school in one suburb, school children in blue uniforms trooped into classes. In central Pemba, traders put their wares on street pavements and wooden tables while others were busy removing rubble from their homes and yards.
Kenneth wipes out villages’Help us, we are losing everything”Help us, we are losing everything’
Pemba, Mozambique: A second disaster unfolded on Sunday in northern Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Kenneth as raging flood waters killed one person and began to cut off the region’s main city from the outside world. Some 160,000 people were at risk, with more torrential rain forecast for the days ahead.
A woman tries to create a drainage system outside her shop in Pemba, Mozambique on Sunday.
“Help us, we are losing everything!” residents in Pemba city shouted at passing cars as the rushing waters poured into doorways. Women and girls with buckets and pots tried to scoop away the torrent, in vain. Some houses collapsed, the United Nations said.
“It’s an awful sense of deja vu,” said Nicholas Finney, response team leader with the aid group Save the Children. Kenneth arrived just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique and killed more than 600 people with flooding.
This was the first time in recorded history that the southern African nation has been hit by two cyclones in one season, again raising concerns about climate change.
The new storm’s remnants could dump twice as much rain as Idai, the UN World Program has said. Up to 100 millimetres were forecast in the next 24 hours for some parts of the region, according to Mozambique’s meteorological institute.
People leave their flooded homes in the Natite neighbourhood of Pemba, on the north-eastern coast of Mozambique.
Residents mourned one death in the Nitate neighbourhood after a brick wall fell on a woman and the waters swept her against another building, said community leader Estenacio Pilale.
Other residents tried to pile up tires and sand-filled sacks as barricades. Cars began to slip under the waters.
“We will keep moving until we get somewhere safe,” one man said, as people fled carrying belongings in plastic bags. Others showed flashes of impatience. “Will this water ever give us a break?” Abdul Carimo asked. “The moment we try to do anything with our lives, it starts again.”
Authorities earlier said at least five people died after Kenneth roared in Thursday evening with the force of a Category 4 hurricane, stunning residents of a region where such a storm had not been recorded in the modern era.
The government said more than 160,000 people have been affected in the largely rural region, many now exposed and hungry. More than 35,000 homes in parts of Mozambique’s northernmost Cabo Delgado were partially or fully destroyed by the storm. More than 23,000 people were in shelters, the government said.
Aid workers trying to reach hard-hit communities outside Pemba on Sunday were forced to turn back by rivers that burst their banks, with flood waters reaching the roofs of nearby houses. It was not clear when aid to scores of thousands of people outside the city could be delivered.
“Helicopters cannot fly, a number of flights were cancelled, so humanitarian workers cannot arrive and additional cargo cannot arrive by air,” Save the Children’s Finney said. He was concerned that the main road to Nampula, an important trucking route, would soon be blocked.
He described “total devastation” affecting a 60-kilometre stretch of coastline and nearby islands.
On Saturday, aerial photos showed several coastal communities flattened by the cyclone. “Not a single house is standing anymore,” Saviano Abreu, a spokesman with the UN humanitarian agency, said.
Livelihoods have been lost and people are wondering how they will cope in a country struggling with one of the world’s highest poverty rates.
With notebook and pen in hand, elderly Luis Momade walked near the beach in Pemba on Saturday, taking advantage of a rare lull in the rains to record the damage from the cyclone. The president of the local Paquite Residents’ Association, his notebook was almost full with names and figures of boats damaged or destroyed.
With unemployment rife and many in coastal areas surviving with fishing and related activities, not going to sea could mean going hungry for days.
Men, women and children foraged in the waters off the littered shore, looking for seashells to sell.