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The neighbours leave without outstaying their welcome

Mozambique has had various offers of help to deal with the insurgency in Cabo Delgado — each one with its own complication

Samim officials handing over seized materiel to Mozambican defence minister Cristóvão Chume

Good afternoon. Mozambique formally said goodbye this week to Samim, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) military mission to Mozambique that saw Mozambique’s regional allies try and help the country put down the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province.

The mission has had mixed reviews; it undoubtedly bolstered Mozambique’s efforts to provide security in Cabo Delgado, but it was also criticised for being too passive. The forces have already been replaced with more from Rwanda, whose mission to Mozambique has been much more effective than Samim’s. If the Rwandan presence can be maintained, that should be a net benefit to efforts to combat the Islamic State-led insurgency.

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