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Mozambique’s kidnapping nightmare continues

Despite allowing some international cooperation, Mozambique’s authorities still seem a long way from getting control of the country’s kidnapping plague

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo credit: Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. There’s been another kidnapping in Maputo, the start of another terrifying ordeal for the victim and his family.

If anyone was in any doubt of the horrific nature of this crime, which still happens with disgraceful regularity in Maputo, an investigation published at the end of last week by South African news website TimesLive lays out some grim details.

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“Businesswoman Gita Samgi’s family hoped ransom payments to her kidnappers would stop the videos they were receiving of her being burnt with a hot iron, screaming for help.”

She was already dead.

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