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The Mozambican Council of Religions (Corem) has stated that the latest numbers on rapes in the country – 115 cases over the festive season alone – are “alarming”.
“The Council of Religions in Mozambique hereby expresses its deepest dismay, indignation and repudiation,” a statement distributed to the press reads.
The latest data from the Ministry of Health released to the public in the early days of this year indicated that during the festive season Mozambican authorities recorded 115 cases of sexual violence, of which 58 were against children.
Corem considers these figures “alarming”, noting that still more cases occurred during the year.
“Mozambican society is once again facing evidence of how severe and widespread violence in our country is, particularly against children and women,” Corem concluded in the note.
In the 2016 festive season, Mozambican authorities recorded 154 cases of rape.