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By Godfrey Olukya 17-4-2013

UN rights expert, Magdalena Sepulveda has advised Mozambique to fight poverty and requested government to address needs of the poorest and
most marginalized in society.

She mentioned concern over a few citizens who are living high class lives while the majority are languishing in poverty.

Sepulveda said, ‘There is a risk that those living in poverty in Mozambique will be left behind as the country enters a period of unprecedented economic growth, with extractive industries vying to invest in the country’s natural rich resources,” warned today United Nations rights expert.’

She said that it is unfortunate that more than half of the population continues to live below the poverty line especially in rural areas. She observed that women are the most affected by poverty, lagging behind men in practically all social indicators.

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking among the very worst ones in terms of human development. According to UNDP
development report, Mozambique is 185th out of 187 poorest countries in the world.

The Government has been requested by her to immediately address the critical needs and pressing problems of the poorest and most marginalized in society as a matter of priority.

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