Good afternoon. Today's newsletter begins with sad but unsurprising news – inequality in Mozambique is widening, with residents of Cabo Delgado province ranking among the poorest in the country. It’s not hard to understand why. The Islamic State-backed insurgency, which has wrought death and chaos for almost six years, may be at a low ebb, but the wounds it has inflicted on Cabo Delgado are far from healed.
From the Zitamar Live Blog:
Over a million people are still internally displaced. Many villages burned to the ground, or abandoned amid the fighting, are yet to be rehabilitated. And the enduring threat of resurging violence continues to hamper the region’s economy. The bustling boulevards of central Maputo two thousand kilometres to the south feel like another world.