SWEDEN PLEDGES AID FOR DROUGHT VICTIMS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Sweden has pledged to donate 49 million crowns (about six million US dollars) to support the victims of severe drought in southern and central Mozambique, says the country’s embassy in Maputo.

An embassy media statement said the aid is being channeled through a humanitarian consortium known as COSACA, which consists of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Save the Children, CARE, Concern and Oxfam, and will go towards implementing the programme on “Promoting recovery and building resilience for people affected by drought in Mozambique”.

The statement said the funds would seek to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the government in response to the drought, and to provide food aid, water and nutritional support to households, and help them recover their means of livelihood.

“We are confident that the support made available by Sweden and other partners, through COSACA, will help alleviate the effects of the drought, and re-establish the well-being of drought-stricken households in southern and central Mozambique”, it quoted Swedish Ambassador Irina Nyoni as saying.

The programme is intended to meet the needs of 41,312 households comprising 206,560 individuals affected by the drought in the provinces of Gaza, Inhambane, Manica and Sofala.

According to an August report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 1.5 million Mozambicans face food insecurity, and need food aid.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.