Brutal conflict in Cabo Delgado is leading to the tragic deaths of children in Mozambique. Children as young as 11 are being beheaded.

With nearly a million people facing severe hunger as a direct result of this conflict, Save the Children is responding to the urgent needs of children and their families in Cabo Delgado. Your donation today can help support this life-saving work. 

Help Save Children in Mozambique

It’s hard for a child to succeed in Mozambique. 

The country has no national early childhood development curriculum or strategy. Many children are not in school due to a lack of facilities and difficult access, and girls are at an even greater disadvantage with fewer attending school each passing year. 

On top of that, natural disasters only worsen the country's widespread poverty and poor infrastructure.

What's Happening Right Now in Mozambique?

Horrifying scenes of murder and grief are unfolding in the Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado. 

Brutal ongoing conflict and an escalation of attacks on villages is leading to the tragic beheadings of children as young as 11-years old. "We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him," said Elsa*, who was hiding with her other three children. "We couldn't do anything because we would be killed too.”

For the children who may have witnessed their siblings being murdered, their suffering could last for years. Many may experience anxiety and depression or even signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Reports of attacks on children sicken us to our core," said Chance Briggs, Save the Children’s Country Director in Mozambique. "Our staff have been brought to tears when hearing the stories of suffering told by mothers in displacement camps. This violence has to stop, and displaced families need to be supported as they find their bearings and recover from the trauma.”

Save the Children is responding to the urgent needs of children and their families in Cabo Delgado. Our response has reached over 70,000 people, including over 50,000 children. Our teams are also working to address the needs of children and families also displaced from consecutive climatic shocks, including 2019’s Cyclone Kenneth and Cyclone Idai, and massive floods in early 2020.

The Challenges for Children in Mozambique

Living in poverty, without access to quality healthcare, education and basic social services, children in Mozambique need your help.*

  • 46% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 14 dies before their 5th birthday - 10 times that of the United States
  • 43% of children have stunted growth due to severe malnutrition
  • 27% of school-age children are out of school
  • 22% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 43% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 7 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 57% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Mozambique

How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Mozambique is making a difference.

There is a great need for Save the Children’s work in Mozambique. In response, Save the Children is incorporating home-based care into our programs for orphans and vulnerable children. 

We are strengthening emotional support to children through "art as therapy" initiatives. We are also improving the quality of basic education by focusing on early learning in our early childhood development programs, and we’re promoting children’s basic literacy skills through greater community involvement.

We work closely with government and other maternal and neonatal, child health and nutrition and HIV-prevention partners to promote, advocate and develop best practices in maternal, newborn and child health programs. We’re also working to target the immediate and long-term causes of hunger and malnutrition by promoting improved agricultural and nutrition practices.

Working closely with local communities in Mozambique, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way. 

Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school.

  • Protected 106,312 children from harm
  • Supported 25,015 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 201,697 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 16,745 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 14,844 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Mozambique

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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