Rome Newsroom, Nov 11, 2020 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
In response to reports that militants linked to the Islamic State had beheaded more than 50 people in northern Mozambique, a Catholic charity is sending emergency aid to the affected diocese.
Local media in Mozambique have reported that Islamist militants carried out executions on a soccer field in the village of Muidumbe in the country’s Cabo Delgado province.
The United Nations called on Mozambique Nov. 10 to investigate the reports of massacres and the beheading of women and children in the region.
Extremist violence has escalated this year in the province in northern Mozambique, where multiple churches have been burnt, people beheaded, young girls kidnapped, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence.
“It seems as though they are trying to evict the entire population of the northern part of Cabo Delgado province, expelling the ordinary people without the slightest vestige of compassion,” Sister Blanca Nubia Zapata, a religious sister in Mozambique, told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).