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The poor get poorer while the rich get richer

Cabo Delgado was already one of Mozambique's most immiserated provinces; the war there has made it even more so

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

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:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Leaflets encouraging insurgent fighters in Cabo Delgado to surrender have been distributed around Mocímboa da Praia. Written in English, Portuguese, Makua, Mwani, Swahili, and Makonde languages, they call on fighters to “Come back home”, assuring them they will be forgiven. Similar leaflets were dis…
Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Cabo Ligado Update: 24 July-6 August 2023 ◾️At least seven dead in incident at Lake Nguri in Muidumbe, perpetrators unknown◾️IS Mozambique yet to declare allegiance to new calpih◾️Police and army salaries not paid for two months Also available in Portuguese

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.

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