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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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There is NO LOVE in the Ghana Music Industry musician STEGUE cries out

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Ghanaian singjay Stegue seems to be bitter about how the Ghanaian Music industry is full of hatred for each other which shouldn’t be so.

He says there is ‘No Love’ in the industry unlike other countries and that is one of the reasons why our industry is refusing to grow because instead of collaborating and helping each other grow to face the world market at large we find ourselves competing with each other in this small space.

In his recent release of the visuals for song titled ‘No Love’ a single off his Debut EP ‘Xpensive Style ‘ he cries out and addresses the hatred in the system .

In a recent tweet he stated clearly https://twitter.com/_stegue_/status/1448308317244243970?s=20   .” There is No love in the Ghana Music industry ,let’s not forget that at the end it’s us against the world” .In his recent video he talks about the hatred in the system and unnecessary competition .

 

Fans were amused after his statements while they highly anticipate the release of his sophomore Project “Songs For The Deaf” year .

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I’ve never cheated on my wife in our 16 years of marriage – Okyeame Kwame reveals

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Ghanaian musician and songwriter Kwame Nsiah-Apau, popularly known as Okyeame Kwame, says he has never cheated on his wife since they married 16 years ago. (more…)

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“I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric” -Funny Face relapses and cries for help

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The actor in a new video has been weeping over his failed love life. According to him, he has never been lucky when it comes women. “Herh Yaw Boateng, you have followed a*s and disappointed yourself, I have been crying,” he said.
Funny Face was speaking about his ex-wife, baby mama and another woman he claims has given a child of his to another man in Germany because of money.
Recounting his experience with women in his life, Funny Face says he wants to go back to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. “Herh woman go show you … Someone has slept with my wife and married her, I didn’t take the 7:30 medicine, it calms me down,” he said.

“AM ABOUT TO DROP SOME BOMBSHELLS !! I give JEHOVAH all da glory … you girls thought .. I was a fool? Nooo NEVER !! I loved u genuinely .. dats why .. you fucked urselves like a female dog “ BITCH “ yet I still loved you girls with all my heart especially VANNESSA.. cos you gave me #ELLAandBELLA my precious Darlings .. I was even ready to die for you VANNESSA .. but what did u do .. u sold me cheap to my haters.. GIRL get ready .. people will know da real you .. why are u selling pussy tightener and dick enlargement on ur page .. after u got followers from my fam base .. I think … like 17,000 #FunnyFans came to follow you because you took a picture with me at da psychiatric and it went viral .. so my fans came to follow u .. what did u do .. u disgraced dem by selling pussy juice .. kwasssiaaaa baaaashasheeeeee … because dats how … u get to meet ur “ men “ …. Mordern “ HOOK UP “ .. been quite for soo long .. am abt to drop some secrets !! GHANA GET READY …. IS ABT TO GO DOWN.”

 

After sharing various videos recounting his pain, the “COW AND CHICKEN” actor called for help.

“Someone has slept with my wife and married her, another one too has given my child to another man because of money, Yaw Boateng I am tired … I want to go to Psychiatric again, take me back to psychiatric,” he said whilst crying in a now-deleted video.

Funny Face experiences 7th suicide attempt, saved by Military men in Kumasi

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MzGee resigns from Media General after 2 years

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TV3 and 3FM’s entertainment journalist and television host, Gloria Akpene Acquah, popularly known as MzGee, has quit her job with the Media General after 2 years. (more…)

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Use local songs for your Tiktok videos – Kuami Eugene appeals to Ghanaians

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Lynx Music signee, Kuami Eugene has called out social media users who are usually seen jamming to other nationals’ songs on Tiktok to equally do more videos with Ghanaian songs. (more…)

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Nigerians mourn as fast-rising compere, MC Eve dies in a car crash in Lagos

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Nigerians are mourning event host, Evelyn Adewunmi, popularly known as MC Eve, who died in a car crash. (more…)

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