1. Cabo Delgado: Population finds two people beheaded

 

The population of a community in the interior of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, found two decapitated bodies by the Messalo River on Monday 10 September, local sources said.

“We found two dead people on the banks of the river, from where we pulled water to drink and where we fished,” said a 44-year-old resident of the community of Litandakua, located in the middle of the bush, 40 kilometers from the Macomia. “Those who were killed were there, like us, in search of water and fishing and were killed on Sunday”, he added. The population sees the murder as a threat and some residents intend to flee the village to the district capital. “I don’t think we’re safe yet, it’s worth leaving the village”, lamented another resident, who attributed the attack to armed groups that five years ago plagued Cabo Delgado. The community of Litandakua is one of those protected by militias, which help Mozambican forces fight the insurgency, but fears persist.

Last week, in another community, Lyúkwé, also in the interior of Macomia district, residents discovered three bodies in an advanced state of decomposition. According to the reports, it is assumed that they are members of the rebel groups. , however shot down with perforations in the back and chest. Macomia is one of the districts that is already outside the construction perimeter of the gas projects and where some insurgents will have fled after destroying the bases that housed them, living in the bush.

There has been criticism of both the SADC and Rwandan troop deployments – that their primary aim is to protect gas installations, not local communities, and that attacks continue in most areas that are far from the TOTAL plant.

 

2. Bishop of Nacala speaks on the aftermath of the attack on Chipene

 

The bishop of Nacala has said that the people of Cabo Delgado and the rest of northern Mozambique are facing “a new style of warfare” with the mushrooming terrorist’s attacks. Bishop Alberto Vera Arejula says “We are seeing a new style of warfare, a type of guerrilla warfare, not an ordinary war. Guerrilla warfare is more difficult to control, because a group of six of eight can do a lot of harm. the terrorists are targeting institutional buildings; they have burned and destroyed schools, health centres, police stations, banks, administrative offices; anything that is institutional they burn and destroy.” the bishop said, reflecting on the attack on 6 September, in his Diocese, in which Sr. Maria De Coppi was shot and killed. That specific attack, he says, left a “trail of destruction, bloodshed and

instilled fear. The consequences of these attacks are quite serious; people are traumatized; some have witnessed brutal killings of loved ones, and their homes being burned and destroyed. It has created fear, confusion, and instability.” he says, “About 20 insurgents made up of mainly young people, youth, probably from Cabo Delgado are responsible for the attacks, and they keep on recruiting young people as they move from one place to another. mothers and their children have fled to safer areas, whilst the men hide in the bush during the night and during the day; they look after the houses and of what is left. He says, “The army has succeeded in building a barrier between Chipene and Memba districts in a bid to stop the insurgents from gaining access to Nacala harbor, the deepest natural port on the East Coast of Africa. It would be painful and a complete failure by the government if the insurgents were to gain access to Nacala port…a very valuable asset for all of Northern Mozambique in a commercial and social sense.”

 

3. Export of LNG from Pemba to begin this week

 

Two LNG tankers owned by oil company BP will arrive in Mozambique in the coming days to transport the first shipments of gas extracted from the floating liquefaction (FLNG) facilities of 3.4mn t/year from Area 4, Coral Sul, operated by the Italian company ENI.

The British Listener and the British Sponsor (both with a transport capacity of up to 173,600m³) have already declared their arrival at the port of Pemba on 13 and 15 October respectively. Last week, the first carrier sailed south into the Red Sea, while the second was heading northwest today in the Strait of Malacca.

Coral’s LNG production will be supplied to BP under a long-term agreement, with the facilities still finalising preparations for its first cargo.

Despite the $20 billion onshore area 1 project in The Islamic State in Cabo Delgado, which “stopped” TotalEnergies’ onshore project worth $20 billion, BP had already signed an agreement in 2016 to buy all production for 20 years from the Coral-South unit, located in Area 4, which was designed to produce 3.4 million metric tons of LNG annually.

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