Mozambique is a country rich in natural resources. Yet, the sweeping effects of a 16-year civil war, that came to an end in the early 90s, have greatly stunted its shot at transformation. Poverty, crime and unemployment persist - compounded by one of the highest HIV rates in the world.
In a devastating blow for Mozambicans, March 2019 saw the coastal city of Beira hit by a tropical cyclone that left 1.7 million people in crisis. Destructive floods damaged bridges and roads, halting the delivery of food and other emergency provisions. Public water supplies were left untreated, leaving many rural communities disposed to water-borne diseases such as cholera.
For a young generation up against the odds, Cyclone Idai has had perilous consequences. An estimated 900,000 children have been separated from their families or orphaned, made homeless or otherwise affected. The trauma experienced by these children, as well as those who care for them, is both lasting and significant. HIV/AIDS has also resulted in a surge in child-headed households in recent years. Children from such homes are extremely vulnerable to risks including sexual exploitation and child labour. Many drop out of school as a result.