Children as young as 11 are being beheaded in Mozambique, UK-based aid group Save the Children said yesterday, as part of the insurgency that has killed thousands and forced many others to migrate from their homes.
Save the Children said it had spoken to displaced families who described “horrifying scenes” of murder, including mothers whose young sons were killed. In one case, the woman his, helpless, with her three other children as her 12-year-old was murdered nearby.
“We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him,” the 28-year old, who Save the Children called Elsa, stated.
“We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too”. Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering insurgency, linked to Islamic State, that has escalated dramatically in the past year.
Chance Briggs, Save the Children’s country director in Mozambique said, reports of attacks on children “sicken us to the core.”
“The violence has to stop and displaced families need to be supported as they find their bearings and recover from the trauma,” Briggs continued.