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People displaced from Mocímboa da Praia, one of the districts worst affected by the terrorist attacks and under insurgent occupation the longest, have been authorised to return to their villages of origin, Carta de Moçambique reports.
The first displaced persons allowed to return home are those from the district of Palma, specifically those now in the Quitunda Resettlement Village and in Maganja village on the Afungi Peninsula.
The information is contained in an official letter issued on Friday (March 4, 2022) by the District Secretariat of Mocímboa da Praia informing the authorities of the District of Palma about the movement of displaced persons in that part of the country.
“The Government of the District of Mocímboa da Praia hereby informs Your Excellency that, as of March 6th (yesterday), it will begin the process of moving the displaced population of Mocímboa da Praia existing in your aforementioned District, specifically at the Administrative Posts of Quitunda and Maganja, to return to the District of Origin,” reads the document signed by Permanent District Secretary of Mocímboa da Praia, João Joaquim António Saraiva, with number 155/GDMP/SD/019.
The document does not advance the details of the “returning home” operation, but ‘Carta’ has established that the authorities of the two districts last week started registering those displaced from Mocímboa da Praia and now living in Quitunda resettlement village.
A few days ago, the Minister of National Defence, Cristóvão Chume, assured journalists that the joint Rwandan and Mozambican troops were working to ensure the safe return of the population. Just days later, the authorities ordered the return of civil servants, especially teachers and nurses, to the municipal headquarters town.
The main town in Mocímboa da Praia has been deserted since August, 2020, when ISIS-affiliated Mozambican terrorists invaded it, displacing the population and expelling government authorities and the Defence and Security Forces (FDS).