Who would have predicted that a month later another cyclone could hit northern Mozambique & cause similar levels of vast devastation that Cyclone Idai has.
Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest storm to ever to hit northern Mozambique, has caused extensive damage, wiping out entire communities. 700,000 people in Pemba & around are at risk. Today the rains are continuing and floods are everywhere. There is still no news from the rural areas as comms are down and bridges are broken. So many areas are only accessible by boat and air but because of the weather, humanitarian efforts are hampered. We await to hear. But what we do know, is that mass destruction is happening again in Mozambique.
And there is something we must shout loudly: those who are doing the least to contribute to climate change are bearing the biggest burden. Mozambique is the most vulnerable country to climate change at present. We have just huge feelings of grief, sadness and injustice but these must be turned into action otherwise our faith is worthless.
MANNA has been working with the churches and communities across these areas for decades.
We are in it for the long haul. We want to support those in desperate need now and then later as they seek to rebuild their lives. It’s what we do and what we have been doing for decades alongside these communities.
We also know that the church is very well placed to respond in these emergencies because there are Anglican communities everywhere in all the hard to reach remote areas. They are able to respond with emergency assessment of the situation, food, clean water & hygiene provision, shelter, seeds, etc.