Total Evacuates Mozambique as Crisis Deepens

Thousands of people from the northern province of Cabo Delgado are on the move in search of safety, as the security situation remains volatile, after the brutal attacks by armed groups in Palma district, says the UN. Before the last attack, nearly 670,000 - including about 160,000 women and adolescent girls as well as 19,000 pregnant women - were internally displaced in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula provinces, the vast majority of them living with host families, whose scarce resources are being exhausted. While the violence was claimed by the Islamic State it seems that they were not behind the attack. The deepening crisis has led to Total abandoning its installations on Afungi peninsula. All Total staff have been withdrawn, unlike the closure on 1 January when a skeleton staff was left behind.

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The Mozambican army has been battling insurgents since 2017.

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