Cabo Delgado Mozambique Revisited. So what is happening there today? We last reported on the situation in the Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado, in August 2021. Since then, coverage of the situation in the mainstream media has all but disappeared.
The northern province of Cabo Delgado is Mozambique’s most volatile region. A conflict which began in the region in October 2017, has resulted in some 800,000 people being displaced from their homes. Over the past year, Mozambican armed forces and regional allies have increased their presence in a number of regions within the province, causing the focus of the violence to shift to other geographical areas allowing some displaced people to return to places that were previously under the control of the insurgents.
Broadly speaking the violence has moved further south, leading to the new mass movement of refugees escaping the troubles. The pattern of attacks in July 2022 witnessed civilians in isolated rural communities continuing to bear the brunt of attacks. According to ACLED there were 56 fatalities, however, July was a quieter month than June, which saw the insurgents’ bloody push into Ancuabe and Chiure districts in the south of the province.
Throughout July 2022, Macomia district saw the greatest concentration of insurgent activity, where they was a total of 10 incidents. This is likely down to the offensive against insurgent camps in Catupa forest in the east of the district. In mid-July, President Filipe Nyusi announced the destruction of a major base in the area following operations led by the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM).
This Report on Cabo Delgado – Revisted, appraises the province’s current situation and looks at the long-term future for this troubled region. How has the local population been affected? Is there a threat to maritime security? What is the long-term future for Cabo Delgado? One Year on, has anything changed?
Read our latest Intelligence Report on Cabo Delgado Mozambique Revisited to know what is currently happening.