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  • a report just out by the global N G.

  • You save the Children says Children as young as 11 are being killed in Mozambique's province of Kabul.

  • Delgado, as a conflict there continues to displace thousands.

  • Families report horrifying scenes of murder and loved ones disappearing.

  • It's been very difficult to get any information out of the area due to the government's restrictive information policy.

  • But after months of waiting, our correspondent Adrian Clich was accredited and has now sent us some rare insight into the brutal situation.

  • Yeah, we are traveling to Kalimba Island, where the United Nations World Food Program is planning a food distribution program.

  • But our boats journey ends at the halfway point.

  • The title is going out, so we have to continue on foot.

  • The area is dangerous on the close.

  • By mainland, they are still regular attacks by Islamist insurgents.

  • We've been tracking about half an hour now.

  • Unfortunately, we don't know really how far it is.

  • But hopefully two hours.

  • So far, the water has been Let's see how the rest continue.

  • Mhm.

  • We've been on the road for three hours through the sea and the mangroves.

  • Then we meet the first locals And finally we reached the remote island, which was attacked by terrorists last year.

  • Mhm.

  • They looted the village and murdered two people.

  • When we reached the food distribution venue, the local head of administration tells us the terrorists also kidnapped 30 Children.

  • Bish Oliviera, 16 year old daughter Mona Robbo is one of the missing Children.

  • She disappeared without a trace.

  • These people are just evil.

  • They come from far away.

  • Take away our Children And don't even tell us why what they want.

  • I am said I'm angry.

  • I just don't understand.

  • Yeah.

  • Mm is a Hamisi was there when wanna rob who was kidnapped?

  • He almost ended up in the same situation himself.

  • They said We're taking you with us to our camp.

  • We will train you and teach you to shoot and make you a soldier.

  • But five boys, two girls and myself managed to escape on the way there.

  • After they said they wanted to make the boys and two soldiers.

  • What did they say to the girls?

  • They said we will make them our wives.

  • So far, there has been no international outcry because the news still hasn't got out of the island without electricity or telephone network.

  • Almost one year on, many residents live in fear of another attack.

  • Not a single soldier has been stationed here to protect them up to now.

  • Right?

  • Joining me now is chance bricks, his country director in Mozambique with Save the Children International.

  • Hello, sir.

  • Welcome to the program.

  • So you just released very disturbing report from Mozambique, particularly about the killing of Children in such gruesome manner.

  • What are your major findings?

  • Yes, Well, thank you, Michael.

  • Um, we're finding that Children and their families are being chased from their compounds chased from their villages, and in many cases, it's quite violent.

  • And in some cases, uh, even Children are being killed.

  • And there are even reports of beheadings of Children as young as 11, 12 years old.

  • It's really disturbing.

  • It sickens us to our core.

  • Because, of course, Children have no role in a conflict.

  • They're innocent.

  • And these stories just bring us to tears.

  • Uh, it almost brought me to tears when I was checking out the report.

  • But why do you think Children are being targeted in such a manner?

  • Well, most of it is a very, very poor countries.

  • The eighth poorest country in the world, and Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province, is the poorest province in the country.

  • And yet there are tremendous resources there, and it's been perhaps underdeveloped for for years.

  • And so there is a sense that some drivers of the conflict are about development.

  • But why target Children?

  • We're just not sure.

  • Certainly in other conflicts we've seen that Children are trainable.

  • Children can be obedient, Children are easier to control.

  • And so in some cases, maybe Children are being targeted to join the forces.

  • And we know of stories of when they refuse.

  • They are killed.

  • We know stories of 10 Children being killed altogether because they refused to join the insurgents.

  • Mm.

  • Well, you say that all parties to this conflict must ensure that Children are never target.

  • Uh, that's not, unfortunately, the case, because this is an insurgency in the Attackers.

  • Don't play by the rules.

  • How else can Children be protected?

  • Well, we're never going to abandon our commitment to international humanitarian law, and what's happening here is a tragedy, and it's just inconceivable.

  • So we are calling on all parties to stop the war on Children, whether it's Mozambique or Yemen or Nigeria.

  • We must stop the war on Children across the world.

  • Having said that, we do believe that peace is possible and pieces what will protect the Children.

  • The Mozambican government has demonstrated in the past a willingness and ability to negotiate with enemies and with opponents.

  • They have signed peace deals and treaties, and we believe that that should be possible in this conflict as well.

  • You also talk about how there's hardly enough resources available to support the displaced Children.

  • How is their way around that?

  • Well, uh, donor governments such as the German government can and should provide more resources to help address the needs of 670,000 people who have been displaced.

  • And that's one third of the province.

  • Uh, the population of the province.

  • Uh, there's tremendous needs for food, for shelter, for schooling and even for just basic needs, like, uh, female menstrual hygiene and soap and toothpaste.

  • So there's a real need for funding, and we believe that even with all the pressures of covid 19 that the world can and should do more.

  • Okay, now, right before I let you go.

  • Is there any thing positive out of all that's been happening so far, Thank you.

  • Well, many families are escaping to safety, and we and other NGOs are able to provide them with services.

  • Were engaged in psycho social care because they've gone through a tremendous trauma.

  • We're helping build classrooms to make sure Children can go back to school.

  • We're providing food and other resources, but also sometimes, uh, when Children are fleeing their villages, it's at night and they get off track and they get lost.

  • And so we have many instances of Children being separated from their families for days and days on end and coming to to, uh, the towns and not knowing how to find their parents.

  • And we have a process for finding the separated Children and for reuniting them with their families.

  • And I'd like to tell you, we recently helped a young boy named Sergio, 11 years old.

  • He was separated from the entire family, but he could describe his mother, and we managed to find his mother's neighbors phone number, and through that we found the mother.

  • After three months of being apart, we were able to reunite this family.

  • Hopefully more families can be reunited.

  • Chance BRICs, country director in Mozambique with Save the Children International.

  • Thanks for your insight.

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