Cabo Delgado: “Here we have water and shelter, but i dream of going back to my home”

Pugia is grateful to have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and a welcoming and safe space for herself and her family but regrets not being able to return to her home.

Lídia Carvalho
Pugia agradece por ter acesso a água limpa, higiene e um espaço de acolhimento para si e sua família, mas lamenta não poder voltar para sua terra e sua machamba.
UNICEF Mozambique/2021/Ricardo Franco
15 February 2022

Manono, Cabo Delgado - 25-year-old Pugia Amade, her husband, and their three children are one of about 600 families who are living in the accommodation center in Manono. They have been forced to abandon their home and live as displaced persons in the center for more than 2 years since the attacks of armed groups on their village in Cabo Delgado province. When she was still pregnant with her youngest daughter Sofia (1 year and 6 months), Pugia fled Quissanga, along with her husband and children, after all the houses in the village where they lived were burned down.

Pugia says that at the accommodation center in Manono they have access to toilets and latrines, as well as clean water to drink and take care of their hygiene, but she remembers longing for her home. "Here we have water and shelter, but I dream of going back to my home. I want to have my own place, my machamba (local farm)," said Pugia.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), are supporting displaced families in Manono center with the distribution of hygiene kits and latrine construction. Currently, about 570 families, including 2,850 internally displaced persons (IDPs), are living in the Manono accommodation center.

Pugia Amade, de 25 anos de idade
UNICEF Mozambique/2021/Ricardo Franco

Here we have water and shelter, but I dream of going back to my home. I want to have my own place, my machamba.

Pugia Amade.