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Children as young as 11 are being brutally beheaded in what is a grotesque Islamic insurgency that has killed and displaced thousands in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The northern-most province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering insurgency, linked to Islamic State (Isis), that has escalated dramatically in the past year. More than 2,500 people have been killed and 700,000 have fled their homes since the insurgency began

While beheadings have always been a hallmark of the attacks, throughout 2020 the insurgents began regularly engaging the military to capture and hold key towns. Brutality also continued, with mass killings including the murder of about 52 people at once in the village of Xitaxi in April. A report by UK-based aid group, Save the Children, said it has largely been young boys killed by the militants, while girls are often captured and forced to “marry” the jihadists – forced, in other words, to become sex slaves. 

The insurgents are known locally as al-Shabab, which means The Youth in Arabic. This reflects that it receives its support mostly from young unemployed people in the predominantly Muslim region of Cabo Delgado. A group with a similar name has existed in Somalia for more than a decade. It is affiliated with al-Qaeda, unlike the Mozambican group which allied itself with the rival ISIS movement in 2019.

According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project and Save the Children, almost 2,700 people on all sides have died in the violence and 670,000 displaced.

The US embassy in Mozambique on Monday said American special forces would train Mozambican marines for two months, with the country also providing medical and communications equipment, to “support Mozambique’s efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism”. The European Union also announced that it would provide training to Mozambican forces.

Children as young as 11 are being brutally beheaded in what is a grotesque Islamic insurgency that has killed and displaced thousands in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The northern-most province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering insurgency, linked to Islamic State (Isis), that has escalated dramatically in the past year. More than 2,500 people have been killed and 700,000 have fled their homes since the insurgency began While beheadings have always been a hallmark of the attacks, throughout 2020 the insurgents began regularly engaging the military to capture and hold key towns. Brutality also continued, with mass killings

At least nine people died on Saturday after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hit Mozambique in Africa's southeast, bringing rain and powerful winds of up to 160km/h (100mph). Preliminary reports from the government indicate that nearly 7,000 people have been displaced and more than 5,000 houses have been destroyed, damaged or flooded, mainly in Buzi, Dondo, Nhamatanda and Beira City. These numbers could rise in the days ahead as the full extent of the damage becomes known. More than 1,000 houses have been totally destroyed and another 3,000 badly damaged, according to Antonio Beleza, from Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Management and Reduction. Eloise

As part of preventive measure to curtail the spread of the new strain of Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa, the UK government has extended a travel ban to international passengers from Southern African countries coming into the country. According to a report from Reuters, the UK government said that the restriction is expected to take effect on Saturday and will be in place for 2 weeks. This new measure by the UK government follows the new data on the steep rise in incidence of the new variant, that has vastly increased the risk of community transmission between 9 other southern African countries as

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.