I am in charge of doing distributions of relief items in various areas of Cabo Delgado. I started working for MSF in my hometown, Mocímboa da Praia, but I was forced to move to the south of the province when the town was heavily attacked, for the second time, in 2020.
I really enjoy my work. I am very happy when I feel the satisfaction of helping others. Whenever I am in the field, I feel that.
We have been distributing emergency kits to many people because they are running from their homes in fear. To be able to respond quickly and ensure the distribution is well done, we must be always alert. When we hear of a new attack, we immediately think ‘do we know people in that area?’ We usually call community leaders in the villages nearby and they tell us where people have fled to. We also take the time to explain who MSF is and what our principles are, but that's not a problem. MSF acceptance is usually really good here. We have been working in Cabo Delgado for a while now and people already know and trust our work.
Once we understand the magnitude of the situation, we contact the local government to get an official list of people who have been displaced and who should receive the kits. From there, the MSF supply team prepares the kits and loads them onto trucks. In one of our warehouses, for example, we always keep 2,000 kits ready in case of an emergency.