Where Crime Compounds Conflict

Cabo Delgado boundary bridge, northern Mozambique

Cabo Delgado boundary bridge, northern Mozambique. (Photo: F Mira)

While the illicit economy provides a plentiful source of income in Northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, impunity allows local elites to benefit from it while security forces punish citizens for trying to do  the same. A growing Islamist insurgency in the region, that inspires itself from similar movements in Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan, enjoys some local support but security forces have responded with heavy-handed tactics harming and alienating local citizens. To build trust, the government must enable local communities to participate in the licit, extraction economy (natural gas and mining) as well as reinvest some of that wealth into the province.

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Security Topics:  Combating Organized Crime   Natural Resources and Conflict