The security threat surrounding FEBC’s radio station in Mozambique is worsening, the ministry reported last week.
“Radical Islamist militias have continued their terror, killing numerous people over the past two weeks in villages right near the station,” noted FEBC in a July 3 update on their website.
As a result, many villagers have fled to more-populated towns and are sleeping in large groups for safety, including the wife of FEBC’s station manager. The station manager and a security guard, however, remain at the station.
“Throughout the region, people are terrified because of the destruction of entire villages, crops, and the gruesome beheadings even of children conducted by these militias,” FEBC reported.
Since May alone, more than 1,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.
Reports say the militants’ targets reveal an ethnic dimension to the conflict as the houses they torched all belonged to predominantly Christian members of the Makonde ethnic group who live on one side of the village. Spared were the homes of Kimwani, a mainly Muslim community, and the mosque.
Mozambique’s president has vowed that security forces would be “firm and ruthless” in pursuing the perpetrators and collaborators of the violence. He also said he received offers of support from Russia and the U.S. to tackle the bloodshed.
“FEBC’s staff, and the people of Mozambique, are in desperate need of your prayers,” the ministry reported to its supporters.
FEBC reported that two of its broadcasters were arrested by government forces two weeks ago. Though they were accused of clandestine activities, they were released after two days.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 12, 2018