Islamic Insurgents Claiming Child Victims in Escalating East African Crisis

Islamic Insurgents Claiming Child Victims in Escalating East African Crisis


A humanitarian crisis is rapidly growing in northern Mozambique, with nearly 670,000 people displaced by the Islamic extremist insurgency in Cabo Delgado province.

Children as young as 11 are being beheaded by the insurgents, according to workers for the aid group Save the Children who interviewed grief-stricken families.

The number of displaced people has dramatically increased by more than 500,000 in the past year and nearly 1 million people are in need of food, according to the U.N.

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A high number of the displaced are dependent upon the generosity of already poor families, with shortages of water, food and sanitation widespread.

More than 2,600 people have died in the conflict since it started in 2017, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.

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In response to the deteriorating security

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