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BBC Africa Eye: Sons of Mocimboa: Mozambique’s Terrorism Crisis

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Since July, a multi-nation military operation has been improving stability in Mozambique’s northernmost province, a step closer to defeating a brutal and little-understood insurgency which has been threatening to engulf the whole country and beyond.

How did a group of local militants turn into a threat requiring international military intervention? By tracking the insurgents’ movement on the ground and online, BBC Africa Eye investigates how and why Mozambique became southern Africa’s latest terrorism hotspot.

 

Since 2017, hundreds of raids by insurgents have ravaged Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. Last year, just after an attack on a major port town, some of the insurgents unmasked themselves. A man in military fatigues was seen on video warning locals no person would be spared when he and his men returned again.

The video was posted online. It became the starting point of BBC Africa Eye’s investigation into the insurgent group, which locals call by the Arabic word for youth – Al-Shabab.

Geolocation confirmed the video was filmed in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town that has been central to the evolution of the insurgency – the first armed attack, which marked the start of the war, also took place there, back in October 2017.

The insurgents returned to Mocimboa to deliver on the promise they made in the video.

Between April and August 2020, the town was almost completely destroyed and turned into an insurgent stronghold, until Rwandan and Mozambican troops regained control over it in August 2021.

Former hostages who said they escaped insurgent captivity, together with former Mocimboa residents who had fled the fighting, helped BBC Africa Eye piece together the identity of the insurgent speaking in the video. It was said this man – known as Nuro – was a ruthless commander who had long been known to the local community in Mocimboa as a neighbour, a student of the Koran and a shop keeper.

Further analysis of clues left by the insurgents in this and other videos – including their speeches, clothing, and insignia – give insight into the militants’ motivations and points to them fighting for a radical Islamist cause.

In 2019, the Islamic State (IS) group claimed the militants belonged to one of their African affiliates and started claiming some of their attacks. However, BBC Africa Eye has spoken to experts who believe there is much more to it than the Mozambican insurgents being an IS offshoot.

This, they say, is a story of home-grown radicalisation with evidence of tensions rising in Cabo Delgado years before that first violent raid in 2017. Many are asking: could the insurgency have been stopped before it took hold?

For more than 700,000 people who have fled the fighting, many with relatives who have been killed and maimed and whose livelihoods have been destroyed… peace seems still a long way off.

Watch the news cut: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-58767659

 

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Let’s not be harsh on TT, he’s an elderly man and deserves respect- Yvonne Nelson

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Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson, has come to the defence of veteran actor, Psalm Ajetefio (TT), over his “plead for leftovers” scandal that has hit the country over the past couple of days. (more…)

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I’ve not gone silent on this gov’t, some NPP folks don’t even talk to me- Yvonne Nelson

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I was seeking refuge in a friend's house due to threats after leading ''Dumsor Vigil''-Yvonne Nelson

Despite public opinion that actress Yvonne Nelson has gone silent on the current ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), she begs to differ. (more…)

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‘It can get better’- Celestine Donkor’s husband praises GHAMRO as they receive GHC 11,000 as royalties

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Kofi Donkor,  husband of popular Gospel musician, Celestine Donkor has revealed how much money they have received as royalties form the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO). (more…)

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“Sugarcane” season: Camidoh stuns in promotional photos for new single

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GB Recz and Grind Don’t Stop have released new stunning photos of Camidoh for his forthcoming debut album while promoting his commercial hit song, “SUGARCANE”. (more…)

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CARING VOLUNTEERS NETWORK (CAVNET), INC INCORPORATES AS A 501 ( C ) (3) IN THE US

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Caring Volunteers Network (CAVNET), INC, a Ghanaian based Non-Governmental Organization has received approval as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501 ( c ) (3) of the United States. (more…)

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Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ tops Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra & iTunes

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The Blackmob rapper currently boasts of the hottest song in Accra, Ghana and that’s a fact – according to Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra at least. Listen/stream ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here: https://gambomusic.ffm.to/gambo-boys-aye-wild

 

It turns out the denizens of Accra could simply not get enough of Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ today and rightfully so. The fun song beat the odds and for the first time since its release ranked at #1 on the city’s Top 25 chart list for the day and iTunes. Also earning a spot on one of the streaming platform’s big listings for the region, Top Albums, was the artist’s “New Era” EP which stood at #8 to score Gambo yet another exciting feat.

Gambo outdid the competition and had listeners converging on his song by the bucketload. In regards to his big win today, the ‘Boys Aye Wild’ hitmaker shared: ‘’It was a great feeling to see my song sitting at #1. Seriously. Big ups to Accra for making my day and showing my song that much love. I’m at peace now knowing my brothers are taking the right steps to treat their women right. Ha-ha. Keep the plays coming though and don’t stop’’.

 

Introduced in early 2021 by the Cupertino-based tech giant, City Charts is an updated playlist meant to bring local artists to the forefront of the conversation around music discovery, one it achieves by reflecting the musical tastes of listeners in over 100 cities from around the world on a daily basis.

 

You can check Gambo’s amusing video for ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here:

 

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