The Heat: Mozambique Violence

The Heat

Mozambique is still reeling after a vicious assault late last month by militants linked to ISIL.  

Dozens were killed by the insurgents in the assault that took place in the coastal town of Palma in the northern Cabo Delgado province.

 Thousands more have fled to nearby Pemba and have recounted horror stories of their experience. Many of the arrivals are women and children.

Meanwhile, Mozambique’s military says Palma is now secure. 

But what is behind the violence and what threat do the militants pose to the country?

To discuss:

  • Abdullahi Boru Halakhe is an African Security and Policy Analyst
  • Zenaida Machado is a researcher in the Africa division of Human Rights Watch
  • Liesl Louw-Vaurdran is the senior researcher and project leader with the Institute for Security Studies.

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