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Islamists terrorize the north of Mozambique

In Chiuba, on the outskirts of Pemba, 61-year-old Vicente Tiago crouches under a mango tree in the shade. Children romp around him. "You have been through a lot," Tiago is quoted as saying in local media. The severely malnourished baby in particular is still in danger. It was only eight months old when the farmer fled with his wife and four children from Muidumbe, 200 kilometers north of Pemba, in December.

Pemba is the capital of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique's northernmost province - and one of the poorest. Islamist militias have been attacking villages and towns there for three years now. Death, devastation, flight and poverty are the consequences. The United Nations now estimates that 750,000 people are dependent on aid, almost a third of the province's population. The Maputo government appears helpless in the face of the growing threat. A surplus of young people without jobs provides a breeding ground for recruitment. Others organize to resist.

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Southern Africa, Mamadou Sow, spoke in a Twitter message of more than 200,000 displaced persons as a result of the armed conflict in Cabo Delgado. In the meantime, camps for the victims of the terror crisis have also been set up in the neighboring provinces of Niassa and Nampula. "Malnutrition is a huge problem," says the director of the Caritas relief organization in Pemba, Manuel Nota: "We have displaced people practically everywhere, and it is a challenge to alleviate their misery."