Despite insecurity, women played a crucial role in rebuilding communities after the disaster, reported UN agent
Two years have passed, but Abel Cossa still remembers everything he saw on that day when Cyclone Idai devastated the city of Beira, in Mozambique, causing destruction and deaths to a people that was already suffering the effects of other natural disasters.
The World Food Program official spoke to UN News about his memories and says his greatest satisfaction was seeing the families rise.
Abel was one of the first people at the site after Cyclone Idai crossed the region. His goal was to distribute food assistance and help in the reconstruction of houses and cultivated fields destroyed by the cyclone.
Idai completely razed four provinces and 50 districts in Mozambique, affecting the lives of more than 1.8 million people and flooded 700,000 hectares of plantations.
The humanitarian response involved several United Nations agencies. Among them, Unfpa (UN Population Fund), which supports girls and women in sexual and reproductive health actions.
UN: Two years later, Mozambique is still recovering Cyclone Idai
Destruction in Mozambique after the passage of Cyclone Idai in 2018 (Photo: Ocha / Saviano Abreu)
The representative of Unfpa in Mozambique, Andreia Wojnar, says that the date should be remembered highlighting the role of women who faced unique gender challenges, such as mothers, pregnant women and caregivers in the midst of a natural disaster.
According to Wojnar, the role of women was crucial in helping to uplift communities after the tragedy. According to Cossa, many families still receive support. Many depend on food assistance to work on their farms or to recover assets in their communities, such as bridges and schools.
“It is moving to witness the resilience of women, children, men. Many lost loved ones and everything they had in Cyclone Idai. Still, they managed to recover gradually, ”said the head of the UN System in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard.
“Your battle against extreme weather events is titanic. The UN in Mozambique is working to help the country in its race for climate resilience and sustainable development ”.