Jihadists also beheaded children between the ages of 11 and 12 in the coastal province of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. These reports save the Children Tuesday on its website after the organization spoke with a number of families who were eyewitnesses. It was not previously known that children were also victims of the jihadist uprising.
The organization, which mainly deals with post-psychological care for refugee citizens, says the atrocities did indeed happen a few weeks ago. Only after they fled did eyewitnesses tell their stories to aid organizations. Save The Children has recorded two testimonies, but it takes into account that many teens died this way.
This jihadist uprising, made up of soldiers closely linked to the ISIS terrorist group, has been active in the northern coastal province of Cabo Delgado since 2017. Currently, 670,000 Mozambicans have already fled, more than seven times this time last year. More than 2,500 people were killed, including thousands of civilians.
It is impossible to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators, because the government has lost control and Mozambique has become a conflict zone. The extremists have absolute freedom and are gaining more and more land.
In addition to recent jihadist violence, Mozambique is also in conflict with neighboring Tanzania, facing floods in 2020 and Hurricane Kenneth in 2019. Change Briggs urges Save The Children director in Mozambique to provide humanitarian aid to the hard-hit country. However, due to the Corona crisis, the country is allowing very little foreign aid, only from South Africa.