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By Mark Lang
First the floods came, then the cholera but neither have stopped the local church saving lives in Mozambique.
Heavy rains in January left a huge swathe of the country under several feet of water, killing 158 people and affecting 160,000 others, with 50,000 being made homeless.
But training by Tearfund partner Codesa to make local churches more outward-looking and focused on people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual ones, has proved invaluable in limiting the suffering of survivors.
Across Mozambique, flooding has killed dozens of people, disrupted the lives of 90,000 others, destroyed 10,000 houses and brought down bridges and power supplies in Zambezia Province, according to Tearfund.
Over the weekend (from 24 January onwards), the Anglican Diocese of Niassa, one of Tearfund partners in Mozambique, will send response teams to some of the worse affected areas: Milange, Morrumbala and Mocuba districts in Zambezia province, and Mecanheles district in Niassa province.
Tearfund partners are supplying emergency aid to people affected by the worst tropical storms to hit Mozambique in years.
Winds of more than 130mph and torrential rains recently struck the country’s coast causing severe flooding which has wrecked thousands of homes, agricultural livelihoods and infrastructure.
The provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Zambezia in southern and central Mozambique took the brunt of cyclones Dando and Funso and heavy rains caused major flooding along the Incomati, Limpopo, Umbeluzi rivers in the south and many more rivers in Zambezia province.
Poor communities in Mozambique are finding a dogged and determined advocate for their rights in the form of the local church.
This is illustrated by the progress that's been made persuading the country's government to understand and respond to the needs of those living with HIV.
Tearfund partner Rede Christa, which is Portuguese for Christ's Network and is made up of Christian charities and agencies, was formed to mobilise the local church to speak out and act on HIV.
The statistics show why it was spurred on to do so; out of a population of 21 million, 1.5 million …
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