The bush war raging across northern Mozambique has taken one of its most horrific turns yet. A video, showing shows armed men in police uniforms chasing and beating a naked woman has come out recently. The video from what is thought to be the southern African nation’s Cabo Delgado province has been shared widely on social media.
The video shows the men shouting at her Portuguese accusing her of being a member of the terrorist group Al- Shabab. She screams for mercy, but when she tries to run away, the men shoot her dead. It is not clear when the video was filmed but the country’s defence ministry has called for an immediate investigation into the “horrifying” images.
“The defence and security forces reiterate that they do not agree with any barbaric act that substantiates the violation of human rights,” the ministry said in a statement.
One of the least understood conflicts in the world is that of Mozambique battling a horrific insurgency in its northern gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since October 2017.
The identity of the militants, who claim some allegiance to Islamic State in the Middle East, still remains a mystery.
If not thousands, atleas a few hundered people have been killed amidst the constant fighting between the militants and the Mozambican. More than a lakh people have been displaced. These villagers are reported fleeing south speak of mass beheadings, torture and maiming.
While Africa’s other major conflict zones like the Sahel and Somalia have drawn in all manner of foreign powers like France, Britain, the US and the United Nations, no international or regional power has put boots on the ground to the aid of Mozambique’s impoverished government in Maputo.
Instead, the country’s corruption-ridden and beleaguered military has been left to fend almost entirely on its own, with the help of a handful of mercenaries.
As recently as a week ago, Amnesty International claimed that the Mozambican military was torturing suspected extremists. Mozambican officials, however denied the claims. They say that the jihadists carried out the violence by impersonating government troops.
Some sources report that the militants do regularly wear looted uniforms to confuse soldiers and civilians and have done a lot so in the past, which was discovered by them while working on ground.