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Radical Islamists are Terrorizing Mozambique

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26.11.2020

After attempts made by the terrorist group DAESH (banned in the Russian Federation – Ed.) to gain a foothold in the Middle East failed, that group began to establish branches throughout the world, including on the African continent. Consequently, in a very short time frame DAESH, taking advantage of the social ills experienced by the planet’s poorest populations to attract their members to its side, has created branches in numerous African countries – and one of those is Mozambique.

There are many religious denominations in the southeastern African country, which has a population of 29 million: the main ones are Catholicism (28%), Protestantism (28%) and Islam (18%), although a significant part of the indigenous population (just like many other African states) profess local animistic traditions of worship.

Over the past five decades, this country has experienced many wars, from the guerrilla warfare waged against Portuguese colonialism to a civil war between the socialist FRELIMO party and the nationalistic, anti-communist RENAMO party. Although this domestic conflict officially ended in 1992, not only do political differences persist among the population, but so do ethnoreligious ones, and that is what DAESH recruiters are trying to exploit to attract supporters into its ranks. Besides that, the lengthy duration of the time this country’s population has stayed in a state of armed conflict is also contributing to the replenishment of the militants’ numbers, owing to the fact that certain inhabitants in Mozambique have never found any way to apply themselves except for combat operations, or obtaining a livelihood by performing the jobs of mercenaries.

As a result, in just a few years small gangs of Islamic radicals have transformed themselves into a full-fledged terrorist group in this country, and have managed to gain a foothold in the northern province of Cabo Delgado; the Mwani people form the majority........

© New Eastern Outlook


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