"This is where I will live, make a living, to produce, sell, eat. [...] The market will be an improvement to make our life here", reports Eugenia Oraibo, community leader and one of the thousands of displaced people after Cyclone Idai in 2019, in Sofala Province, Mozambique.
Eugenia celebrates the recent opening of the Savane Resettlement Neighborhood Market, which was inaugurated on 13 October 2020, a date that also marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The emblematic event for the local community was attended by the Governor of Sofala, Mr. Lourenço Ferreira Bulha, and the European Union (EU) Ambassador, Mr. Antonio Sánchez-Benedito Gaspar. The work is the result of joint efforts by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Post-Cyclone Reconstruction Office (GREPOC), with financial support from the EU through UNDP Mozambique Recovery Facility (MRF).
Speaking at the inauguration, the EU Ambassador affirmed that he “wanted to hear and see everything that is being undertaken as efforts to reconstruct and consolidate peace, and also to account for what our commitments, as the European Union, were to the Sofala province after the cyclones and with regard to peace-building. From what I saw, I can say that we have results and we will continue to move forward as there is still much to do”.