White contractors and even dogs were airlifted to safety before black people during a jihadist attack in Mozambique, survivors have claimed.
Rescuers are said to have prioritised the white people in a ‘racially segregated’ evacuation plan which saw black locals left stranded in a hotel where they had sought refuge, survivors told Amnesty International.
Two dogs were also airlifted to safety in helicopters before the locals, according to shocking new testimony.
Dozens of innocent people were killed when Islamist insurgents launched a raid in the northern town of Palma on March 24.
Horrifying images from the massacre carried out by the Islamic State-affiliated local al-Shabaab group showed bodies scattered across roads and people fleeing from the slaughter.
In the days that followed the March 24 attack, South African private military company Dyck Advisory Group managed to rescue some of the people stranded in the Amarula Palma Hotel in Palma.
But it has now been claimed that black locals were left behind at the hotel to fend for themselves after white contractors and a few wealthy Black nationals – among them the Administrator for Palma – were rescued.
The stranded attempted to flee by ground convoy but were attacked in an ambush by al-Shabaab, Amnesty said.
It comes as footage emerged last month from the attack, showing two black people hoping to be rescued standing by a ‘Help’ and ‘SOS’ written in stones and white bed sheets on the ground.
We were about 220 people trapped there in the hotel – we [local black people] were the majority, and the whites were supposed to be about 20. After the rescue and escape, we were about 170 people still alive. Most of the whites were rescued by helicopters, before we left the hotel by car,’ one survivor told the rights group.
Initially, survivors understood there was a plan to prioritise the helicopter evacuation of women, children, and people with disabilities. However, that plan was apparently abandoned in the days that followed.
Another survivor said: ‘We didn’t want all white people to be rescued, because we knew that if all the whites left, we would be left there to die. We heard them talking about the plan to take all the whites and leave the Blacks.’
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