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Security Exchange Newsletter | March

01 April 2021

The March edition of InTouch Monthly includes the attack on Palma in Mozambique, the political and health crisis in Brazil and the debate sparked by the killing of Sarah Everard in the UK. We also cover the new interim government in Libya and the deadly fire at a camp for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh.

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Cyclone Idai

21 March 2019

President Filipe Nyusi declared three days of national mourning on Tuesday as the scale of the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai became clear. More than 350 people are confirmed dead, and the death toll is expected to rise significantly over the coming days. Meanwhile, the UN has stated that the storm was one of the worst weather-related disasters to ever hit the southern hemisphere, adding that millions of people could be impacted across the region.

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That Sinking Feeling

21 February 2019

Mozambique’s economic boom came to an abrupt end in 2016 when it was revealed that the government had taken out $2bn in secret loans. International donors, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), suspended aid, sparking a currency collapse and debt crisis which the country is struggling to recover from. With elections scheduled for October, the ruling Frelimo party is fighting to restore its integrity before voters go to the ballot boxes.

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The New al-Shabaab

31 May 2018

Earlier this week 10 people were beheaded in northern Mozambique by suspected Islamist militants. A group known by locals as al-Shabaab (Youth) is believed to have been responsible for the attack in Cabo Delgado province. Despite sharing a name with the militant group operating in Somalia and northern Kenya, there are no established links between the two. However, the Mozambican variant (which calls itself Ansar al-Sunna) also shares many of the same characteristics and employs similar tactics to their Somali counterparts, apparent in the latest raid on the village of Monajne.

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