$60 billion dollar gas projects threatened by the insurgency. Apparently, according to Joseph Hanlon, a researcher and author on Mozambique, the vast mineral wealth in the region had been exploited by an elite few with the majority of residents not reaping any profits , leading to the rebellion.
If Hanlon’s position is a fact then Cabo Delgado may well be similar to Nigeria”s Niger Delta on the one hand and North East Nigeria on the other.
In the Niger Delta , the playbook of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta was the kidnapping of foreign oil workers for ransom and also blowing up of oil pipelines.
In the North East we all know the modus operandi of Boko Haram which has killled at least 50,000 Nigerians since 2009.
Apparently the death toll in Mozambique is around 2,600 since the insurgency started years ago and hundreds of thousands have fled the Cabo Delgado area.