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Five killed by armed men in new attack in northern Mozambique   

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Five people, including a child, were killed in a latest attack by armed men on Tuesday night in northern Mozambique, according to a source that preferred to remain anonymous on Thursday.

At least 40 houses were burned in the attack that happened in Macomia district in the province of Cabo Delgado, said the source.

District administrator of Macomia Joaquina Adalberto confirmed the attack without providing more details.

The attack occurred in the village named Lipandacua at the administrative post of Chai, located about an hour’s drive from Macomia.

After the attack, several people were seen moving to the village headquarters of the Macomia district for fear of further incursions, said the source.

A team of Defense and Security Forces has already moved to the scene to maintain order, according to Joaquim Sive, the provincial commander of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique in Cabo Delgado. 

This is the second attack in this month in the district of Macomia, the first one was recorded on the June 6, resulting in seven dead and more than 160 houses burned.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

1.5 million children in Mozambique exposed to hazardous work

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government said Tuesday in Maputo that about 1.5 million children and juveniles aged between 7 and 17 in the country are exposed to hazardous work, mostly in the informal sectors.

Jafar Buana, City Director of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of Maputo revealed that the numbers of children involved in hazardous work that the government keeps track of are extremely high, reaching 74.4 percent at the national level.

“The action will be done at the sectoral level, because the involvement of children is distributed in sectors, with the largest number of children in the informal sectors and the illegal mining,” said Buana during a school presentation about works considered dangerous for children on the outskirts of Maputo.

Buana said that in Mozambique children have hazardous jobs that can affect their health, safety and morality, mainly from sectors such as agriculture, mining industry, informal commerce and transportation.

Izilda Maibaze, an official from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs, said measures have already been taken to remove children from dangerous working condition, in coordinated with various civil society organizations.

“The children are taken to facilities where they are recuperated and later they will be reintegrated into their families,” said Maibaze, adding that some children are reluctant to leave.

According to the presentation, sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest number of children involved in child labor worldwide.

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Over five million suffer from chronic diseases in Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health of Mozambique expressed Monday deep concerns over the fact that more than five million people in the country are presently suffering from chronic non-transmitted diseases.

The Minister of Health Nazira Abdula told the press that climate change and social conditions are among the reasons behind the large number of cases, which was released by the National Health Institute in a report concluding that the situation is worrying.

“This is the moment for a combined reflection on multi-sectoral strategies and innovative approaches to guarantee quality and sustainable prevention of chronic non-transmitted diseases and trauma,” said the minister.

The minister said that investing for prevention of these diseases is one of the strategies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in health and fight against poverty.

“The number of these diseases has been registering an increase proportional to the increase of life expectancy. Chronic diseases are growing as the country has more urban areas,” said the National Director of Health Institute, Ana Cumbe.

Health authorities said they will create a consulting group or a platform that helps in policies designing to address these diseases based on scientific evidences.

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