Violence Against or Obstruction of Health Care in Mozambique in 2020

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In the early morning of May 28, 2020, between 120 and 150 jihadist fighters raided Macomia village in Cabo Delgado province. An INGO staff member describes the experience: “We were at least a thousand people – men, women, the elderly, children, the sick and their caregivers – all running away from the sounds of shooting. It was like the end of the world.” The Macomia health center was looted and set on fire. Government buildings were also specifically targeted and the Islamic State flag was hoisted in the town center. An INGO suspended its activities in the region due to the vandalization of the health center


The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) identified 14 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Mozambique in 2020, compared to three such incidents in 2019. Health facilities were damaged or destroyed and health workers were injured in these incidents.

This factsheet is based on the dataset 2020 SHCC Health Care Mozambique Data, which is available for open-source access on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).