Providing emergency food in Mozambique.
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Elizarda, 19 years old, and her two children were saved by a helicopter after spending three days on the roof of a shop in Mozambique. During that time, they had nothing to eat, they were surrounded by flood water. The building was shaking under the weight of nearly a hundred people who were waiting to be saved.
“On the 19th a helicopter came. The water had gone down, we waded through knee deep water to jump up on to the helicopter. They took the mothers and children first,” she says. “I was so relieved, we were safe, but I was worried because my baby was sick.”
Elizarda’s son, Marquer Antonio is malnourished.
When they were rescued they were taken to an accommodation centre in Beira and he was immediately enrolled in a therapeutic feeding programme.
“I am relieved now we are safe, but I don’t know what I can return to, I came here empty. We are farmers, we don’t have money. In our home we grow our food. There life was easy, I am thinking about returning (but) I am really worried.”
On the 15th of March 2019, a cyclone ripped through central Mozambique. Heavy rains caused the banks of the Buzi river to break creating an ‘inland ocean.’ Floods tore through communities, destroying everything in their path. Thousands of standard families, many of them with young children, sought safety on top of high buildings waiting to be rescued.