Author: Sam Ratner

Most analysis of the recent attacks in Cabo Delgado is right to say that the discontentment of the Muslim youth is one of the main causes of the phenomenon. Lack of employment, the ‘squeezing out’ of the local population from their ancestral lands by big international conglomerates, and feelings of marginalization, social exclusion, and hopelessness are all real problems that could have prompted the violence. Other possible causes include the loss of revenues from the artisanal mining and illegal trade in timber due to the tighter control by the state and private businesses. Disproportionate use of force by the police…

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On 5 October, 2017, a new political actor appeared on the Mozambican stage when some thirty armed men occupied the town of Mocímboa da Praia, killing two policemen in a day-long gun battle. Reports soon emerged that the men were members of an Islamist insurgency. Since the initial Mocímboa raid, insurgency has gone on to sow terror throughout northern Mozambique, carrying out shocking attacks and driving many from their homes. Zitamar News’ interactive map and timeline of insurgent attacks shows the spread of the insurgency and the scale of casualties it causes.  Larger attack markers indicate greater number of victims. Mouse over the markers for details of of…

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