Islamic State says it has executed eleven Christians in Mozambique


The Islamic State has claimed, through its propaganda channels, to have executed 11 Christians in Mozambique, in the district of Mocímboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado province. They also says it bombed elements of the Mozambican Armed Forces. Local sources report that the attack occurred around 15:00  on Friday in Naquitenge, a village in the interior of the district of Mocímboa da Praia. “When they got there they called a meeting. The people of the village did not know that they were terrorists, and after that, they began to separate Christians from Muslims, based on the names. After that, they opened fire on the Christians,” a source said. The Islamic State claims the death of 11 people. “They pretty much sprayed people with gunshots. Some were injured and fled into the woods. It is one of the most vicious attacks we have ever heard of,” another source from Mocímboa da Praia reported. The district of Mocímboa da Praia was the one where armed groups staged their first attack in October 2017, having long been described as the “base” of the rebels. Mozambique’s Defense Ministry has yet to comment on the attack. This incursion comes less than a month after the announcement, on August 25, by the Chief of the General Staff of the Mozambican Armed Forces, Joaquim Rivas Mangrasse, of the elimination of the insurgent leader in the country, Bonomade Omar, along with other elements of the leadership of the insurgent group. Islamic State says it has executed eleven Christians in Mozambique – Renaissance (



New leader of the EU training mission in Mozambique defends “integrated solution”


Rather late than never, the EU is now also recognizing the multiplicity of factors fuelling the insurgency and is moving away from the narrative of “Islamic extremism” as the single cause. The new leader of the European Union Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM-MOZ) proposed an “integrated solution” to terrorism in Cabo Delgado, highlighting the importance of understanding the dynamics of local populations. “The solution to this type of conflict is not purely military, an integrated solution is needed”, Brigadier General João Carlos de Bastos Jorge Gonçalves told the media, moments after assuming leadership of EUTM-MOZ, in an official ceremony in Maputo. He said that the results achieved by the Armed Defence and Security Forces of Mozambique, with the support of foreign forces, are positive and show progress, but the definitive solution to the problem involves understanding the dynamics of the population. “We have to work at the population level, we need to better understand the populations. We have to work at an economic, social and investment level, so that it is a global solution and not a specific one militarily”, highlighted the former F-16 pilot of the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). “The military component is an important pillar to provide the security that provides all other development, in order to obtain this satisfaction and guarantee this security through the Armed Forces, but it is also important that populations have the conditions to evolve economically and socially”, he declared. With a two-year mandate, starting in September 2022, EUTM-MOZ has already trained around 60 Mozambican instructors who will continue the training of the country’s special forces. In addition to providing operational training for the formation of quick reaction forces (QRF), EUTM-MOZ has also provided combat equipment to members of these units, with the value of the material support provided already exceeding 80 million euros. The current mission consists of a contingent of 117 people, 65 of whom are from Portugal, the country that also takes command of EUTM-MOZ.



Zambézia: People of Olinda try to stop the work of the Chinese mining company


A group of residents of the island of Olinda, in the district of Inhassunge, province of Zambézia, tried – without success – to stop the work of the Chinese mining dunes on Saturday (16.09). According to the population, access roads are being destroyed as well as farmlands and residential areas. They ask the Government to help minimize the damage that is being caused. Recently, dozens of residents went to the capital of the Province of Zambézia, Quelimane, to speak to a group of deputies from the Assembly of the Republic about the mining company’s alleged non-compliance with regulations. According to some residents, since then, the only measure taken was the allocation of an ambulance boat to evacuate patients from the island to Quelimane, but the boat was returned due to poor engine quality and lack of a ramp to dock. (DW Africa)







WFP reduces food assistance in Cabo Delgado due to lack of funds


The World Food Program regrets that, due to lack of funds, it has been forced to reduce food quantities for 418,630 people affected by attacks in northern Mozambique. In its report on the country, published a few days ago, the United Nations agency notes that it has been distributing reduced quantities since April 2022, except during the peak season of December 2022 and January 2023. Worse still, in February, the WFP was forced to temporarily halt food assistance. In response to the lack of funds, WFP has already started assisting people in need based on Vulnerability Targeting (VBT) in four districts in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. This prioritizes food assistance to the most vulnerable internally displaced people and their host communities. The scheme will be gradually expanded to another five districts in consultation with local government representatives and communities. It states: “acute food insecurity has increased in recent years in the north of the country, as recurrent conflict and displacement, coupled with climate and economic shocks, continue to disrupt activities agriculture, the means of subsistence, and the purchasing power of communities. Mozambique is classified as one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events in the world. Since 2007, 11 tropical cyclones have hit Mozambique and the global climate crisis is causing more frequent and intense floods, storms and droughts.” As a result, “significant challenges remain in the pursuit of food and nutritional security in Mozambique. Most Mozambicans cannot afford a nutritious diet. High levels of malnutrition affect almost half of children under five. About 3.15 million people face crisis levels of food insecurity or worse, as of the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) assessment. Of this number, 690,400 are in the province of Cabo Delgado. Almost half of the population remains below the poverty line.”




Armed attackers kill and burn bodies of young people in Muidumbe district


Previously unknown individuals killed and burned two young people, living in the village Miangaleua, district of Muidumbe, in the province of Cabo Delgado. The tragedy occurred last Sunday, in the vicinity of that village located along the EN380 road that connects Macomia to the town of Oasse. The tragedy occurred four days after a group of armed men launched an attack near the Nguri lagoon, less than 20 kilometers from the Miangaleua village.






Cabo Delgado: Syrah Resources could receive 150 million USD for its Balama graphite subsidiary


Australian mining company Syrah Resources expects to receive US$150 million in US financing for its subsidiary Twigg Exploration & Mining, which operates the Mozambican Balama graphite mine, in Cabo Delgado. According to information released to the markets on Monday, September 11, Syrah explains that the conclusion of the 13-year financing operation – through DFC, the financing and development agency of the Government of the United States of America (USA) – will allow cover the capital requirements of local graphite operations, one of the world’s largest reserves of that raw material, used in electric car batteries. The operation will also enable “feasibility studies for the development of the Balama vanadium resource” and the “current and future expansion of the storage facility”, also serving to “sustain Balama operations”. “The loan proposed by DFC for Balama is in line with the commitment to promoting trade and investment agreements and partnerships between the US and Africa”, explains Syrah Resources. Syrah announced, on July 18, that it had produced 15 thousand tons of graphite for electric car batteries in April, which it exports from Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, having interrupted production the following month due to international stocks . Production at the Australian mining company in Cabo Delgado had risen to 41 thousand tons of natural graphite in the first quarter of this year, compared to 35 thousand tons in the previous quarter, above sales, which rose from 28 to 30 thousand tons. Syrah was one of the mining companies whose operations were affected by the armed conflict in Cabo Delgado. The Australian firm is also building its own Vidalia battery material factory in the US, which will be fed with Mozambican ore, in this case with two tonnes shipped in April.




Balama forests stripped of valuable protected trees


Every day, several trailer trucks transport voluminous quantities of umbila-type wood logs, scientifically known as Pterocarpus angolensis, from the forests in the district of Balama, in the province of Cabo Delgado in conservation areas. Companies have been using locals to cut down the umbila species which has seen a reduction yearly. The logs are then loaded onto trucks that only drive at night, without inspectors long the road demanding any documents. Bribes are paid to authorities before the trucks begin their journey transporting large quantities of wood, illegally harvested in the vast forests of the Balama district. According to the Balama Central Project – Suni Resources SA, Pterocarpus angolensis is found in Eastern and Southern Africa. There is no control over logging, placing the species on the red list in Mozambique.

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