At a time when only five districts of Cabo Delgado have yet to be targeted by insurgent attacks, the unrestrained wave of refugees that have not been properly controlled by the Government can facilitate terrorist infiltration in places considered to be safe, including the city of Pemba. The disembarkation of refugees, in hundreds of canoes, observed in the last few days outside the capital of Cabo Delgado can camouflage groups of insurgents that will be able to prepare and trap widespread attacks in this province, which instead will place their rich resources in a blessing and transform them into nightmare for this province that constitutes the birthplace of the Mozambican nation.
The province of Cabo de Delgado, in northern Mozambique, repository of one of the world’s largest reserves of natural gas, is currently facing four main threats: Insurgents, Covid-19, Floods and Malaria. With a total of 16 districts at this time, only five are free from terrorist attacks and of these two are accessible by air, namely Palma Mueda, while the remaining three by road, Montepuez, Metuge and Mecufi.
But the most pressing threat now is the attacks and their spread, which can take advantage of the uncontrolled movement of refugees who arrive and disembark in areas not yet reached by insurgents.
Daily, on several routes, Nampula, Metuge, Pemba and Mecufi have been privileged places to welcome war refugees at a time when there are a total of 265,000 refugees due to the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado.
The majority of the population in refuge, in which children stand out, goes through several difficulties in reaching safe places and in the middle of this process there have been deaths and births adrift. Civil society has reached out to put an end to the situation, but the local government has not shown any strength to accept and assist the victims’ demands.
According to lessons learned in previous wars in Mozambique, similar to that of 16 years old, Renamo guerrillas, then known as armed bandits, were shown in various places, mainly in Maputo, Matola and Katembe with the cover of war refugees and they were welcomed into different families and at dusk they attacked different places, which made government authorities indignant.
Nothing against those looking for a safe place because their village no longer exists, as a result of the armed attacks, but insurgents of the same color, language and culture, they can thus infiltrate refugee camps. From there, provide the best image to the cronies of the real situation and consequently devise the best ways to widen their attacks and implant a complete disorder throughout the province of Cabo delgado.
With regard to the Defense and Security Forces (SDS), there is a large wage gap, the special forces in Mueda and Palma have elite salaries, while the bulk of the military and police in the other operational centers, more exposed, their orders leave much to Wish. Incidentally, there is a lack of motivation at the heart to end insurgents in Cabo Delgado. There are those who say that insurgents have approached high ranks in exchange for some “refreshment” to inform themselves of plans and strategies in sight. The Government of Mozambique should show more than willingness, a political attitude to take seriously the fight against the insurgents in Cabo Delgado, who are increasingly engaged in dominating the coastal zone to feed the traffic of precious wood and drugs and financially feed the your intentions.
It should be noted that there are only five districts left for the insurgent attacks to complete the province of Cabo Delgado, which can be besieged and beyond the control of the Mozambican government. For those who live or work in Pemba, with the uncontrolled demand for refugees that can camouflage terrorists, reigns a lot of fear, attacks are feared any day!