In northern Mozambique, families who had to flee due to Islamist violence are facing hardships upon returning home. They are struggling to find enough food as their land in the Nangade district remains uncultivated, and they have received limited support from the government and aid groups.
Residents are left with no option but to survive on wild yams called mingõko and are constructing huts from grass to have a place to live. Nangade district, located in the gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado, has become a target for jihadists aiming to exploit its valuable natural resources.
Since 2017, the conflict with the government has resulted in over 4,000 fatalities and forced around 800,000 people from their homes in the province. Despite the challenges, some families have managed to return to their villages thanks to the efforts of Mozambican forces and foreign allies who expelled the militants.
The situation remains critical, and these families desperately need additional support and assistance to rebuild their lives and secure a stable future.