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The US oil company ExxonMobil will provide $50,000 (€42,000) to support a campaign to assist families displaced in Cabo Delgado due to armed violence in that northern province of Mozambique.
The campaign, called “Coração Solidário-Cabo Delgado”, is promoted by the Makobo platform and aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by displaced people, in addition to coordinating the efforts of civil society in response to humanitarian concerns resulting from armed attacks in that province, says a note distributed to the media.
“We are pleased to be working with Makobo and local authorities in assisting the population that has been directly impacted by the conflict,” said Jos Evens, General Manager for ExxonMobil Moçambique, Limitada. “Open dialogue will promote a coordinated and shared approach in order to minimize the stressful challenges on the lives of the impacted population.”
ExxonMobil’s support will focus on the installation of two satellite kitchens capable of distributing up to 20,000 meals per day, the note added.
“This support represents the maximum expression of the value of humanity – Building social bridges Together for the Prosperity of all – Solidarity. It is a great honor and privilege to be able to count on the support of ExxonMobil to create alternatives for an immediate and effective response to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Cabo Delgado but, above all, for the commitment that we have been establishing together to create sustainable solutions for the inclusion of all Mozambicans in the economic, social and cultural development processes of our country” said Ruy Santos, Coordinator of Project Makobo, and Director of the Coração Solidario – Cabo Delgado campaign.
ExxonMobil leads with the Italian Eni the natural gas exploration consortium for Area 4 of the Rovuma basin off the coast of Cabo Delgado.
The Portuguese company Galp, KOGAS (South Korea) and the National Hydrocarbon Company (Mozambique) each have a 10% stake.
At the beginning of April, ExxonMobil officially announced the postponement, without a deadline, of the final investment decision for its natural gas megaproject in the area.
The postponement is due to a 30% cut in capital spending by 2020 and a 15% cut in operating expenses due to falling oil and oil products prices, caused by excess supply and low demand because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The armed violence in Cabo Delgado has caused the death of at least 1,059 people in almost three years, in addition to the destruction of various infrastructures.
According to the United Nations, the armed violence has led to the flight of 250,000 people from insecure districts further north in the province.
The provincial capital, Pemba, has been the main refuge for people seeking shelter and security in Cabo Delgado, but some prefer to flee to other districts and even provinces in the region, particularly Nampula.