Repression in Mozambique Is Stoking an Islamist Insurgency, Risking Wider Unrest

Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, at the Ponta Vermelha Palace in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019 (AP photo by Alessandra Tarantino).
Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, at the Ponta Vermelha Palace in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019 (AP photo by Alessandra Tarantino).
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As Mozambique enters the third month of its lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, fighting between government troops and a shadowy Islamist militia has escalated significantly in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado. According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, a global monitoring group, insurgents have stepped up attacks in 2020, with more than 100 “violent events” this year, the precise term ACLED uses based on its methodology—an increase of 300 percent over the same period last year. In roughly 90 of those incidents, militants attacked civilians, resulting in more than 200 reported fatalities, including one […]

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