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SADC Forces Join Fight Against Mozambique’s Insurgency

Botswana has sent troops to Mozambique, becoming one of  the first countries of the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to dispatch soldiers to help fight the insurgency in northern Cabo Delgado province. More troops are expected from other SADC member countries, including Tanzania and Angola, according Mozambique’s defence ministry.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme has warned of a growing hunger crisis, saying nearly 1 million people need food aid as a result of the conflict. The insurgency started in 2017 and has grown rapidly in the past year. The militants have held the port of Mocimboa da Praia for nearly a year and have repeatedly attacked the strategic centre of Palma, forcing the French energy firm Total to suspend its U.S.$20 billion liquified natural gas project there.

  • Rwanda has rattled southern African governments by beating them to the frontline against insurgents in northern Mozambique. A standby force from the Southern African Development Read more »

  • The European Union has created an air bridge to Pemba, capital of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, to deliver life-saving aid to victims of insurgency. The first … Read more »

  • Heads of state within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have approved the deployment of an SADC standby force to Mozambique during a summit held in Maputo. The aim … Read more »

  • In addition to being the poorest province in one of the poorest countries in the world, Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado has been ravaged by conflict since 2017. Hundreds of thousands of … Read more »

  • In nuanced examinations of the fighting in Cabo Delgado province, a range of analysts renew warnings against over-simpliflying the conflict as one of “jihadist terrorists” against … Read more »

  • At least 51 children, most of them girls, have been abducted by militants in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado over the past 12 months, Save the Children, a leading … Read more »

  • The French energy company has withdrawn workers from a U.S.$20 billion gas project in Mozambique after a nearby attack. The French fuel giant Total on April 26 halted work on its … Read more »

Soldiers board a Botswana Defence Force plane to Mozambique.

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