The family of a Zimbabwean businesswoman and her sister, who were captured by Mozambican militants in March this year, has issued a passionate plea for assistance from authorities at home and in the neighbouring country to help bring the sisters alive.
Mariana Fransisco and her younger sister, Monica Louis, were captured by militants on 27 March this year when the insurgents overran Mozambique’s Palma town in Cabo Delgado province.
Dozens of civilians were killed and around 30,000 were left displaced after the attack.
The Manyanga family says it has received several confirmations from people who managed to escape that the sisters are alive and still held as captives.
The family is pleading with the Mozambique and Zimbabwe governments to facilitate their safe release.
Agnes Manyanga Moyo, on behalf of the family, said “We are really appealing to the government or whoever eve in the private sector who can help us have them come back home.
“As family, we are really so desperate to meet them again, we really want to see them, they have children behind, they have family behind; so, it’s not really an easy situation too us.
“It’s really difficult for me. I don’t know what to say even to Mariana’s children. They are at school right now.
“His elder son is in Maputo he is always asking when is mummy coming back, the girl is also worried because the mother used to call the school so often checking on the kids.”
The Zimbabwe government confirmed that it is working for the sisters’ release.