Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
1 minute read
25 Jun 2021
5:15 am

EU may help quell Mozambique attacks

Brian Sokutu

'While this is quite historic within the SADC, the funding of the operation, as well as who takes charge of command and control of the forces, is quite crucial.'

This aeral view taken in Metuge on May 20, 2021 shows the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Camp '25 de junho'. - '25 de junho' is one of the most populated Internally Displaced Person camp in Cabo Delgado Province, with around thirty thousands Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) living there. Tens of thousands of people have fled from violence wreaked by Islamist insurgents across the northern province of Mozambique in the last three years. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

A European Union-funded Southern African Development Community (SADC) intervention is expected to constitute what regional leaders this week referred to as “the standby force” to quell terrorist attacks in Mozambique. This is according to Jasmine Opperman, an analyst with the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, who was commenting on this week’s announcement by the extraordinary summit of SADC heads of state to deploy a “standby force” of soldiers from member states to fight off Islamic State insurgents in northern Mozambique. ALSO READ: Ramaphosa urged to act on Mozambique violence “While this is quite historic within the SADC, the...