The curse of free mangoes, fish and solar panels in a rebel zone
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The Citizen

The 100-kilometre drive between the emerging gas district of Afungi in Mozambique’s northern region, where TotalEnergies is building up a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, and the port city of Mocímboa da Praia is memorable. The project screeched to a halt in March last year when the Al-Shabaab rebels, aka Islamic State Mozambique, who had roamed and controlled swaths of this Cabo Delgado region for years, moved their attacks to the area. A Rwandan military intervention called in by a beleaguered President Filipe Nyusi has run the rebels out of large parts of Cabo Delgado, but they …

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