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Displaced women and children wait for assistance after fleeing attacks in Palma Displaced women and children wait for assistance after fleeing attacks in Palma, in Pemba, Mozambique, April 19, 2021 (Photo by AP Images).

African Development Can’t Be a Casualty of Climate Change Policy

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

When an obscure rebel group briefly laid siege to a hotel in Palma—a tiny enclave of the global energy industry in northern Mozambique—in late March, the story briefly became one of those one- or two-day wonders common to the Western media’s coverage of Africa.

This typically means momentary headlines from a place that most readers have never heard of, and that most mainstream editors traditionally exhibit little interest in delving into more deeply. As is so often the case with the coverage of violence from outposts like these, what made this particular news “newsworthy” was the fate of a small number of white people who were holed up in the hotel and eventually evacuated. ...

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