Hundreds of militants stormed Palma in the northern region of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique on 24 March 2021, targeting shops, banks and a military barracks. Several people were killed trying to escape a siege on a hotel, according to Omar Saranga, a spokesperson from the country’s defence department.

Human Rights Watch said the militants indiscriminately shot civilians in their homes and on the streets.

Militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group are behind the conflict in the predominantly Muslim region. The fighting has left more than 2,500 people dead and 700,000 displaced since the insurgency began in 2017.

report reveals jihadists linked to ISIS, especially those operating under the name Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ), have consolidated their hold in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado region and captured the city of Mocímboa da Praia in 2020.

If Mozambique and the rest of SADC (Southern African Development Community) fail to act quickly and convincingly, activities of ASWJ will have far-reaching consequences for the entire region.


  • That the Mozambique government and SADC will act decisively to counter this insurgency effectively.
  • For the insurgents to have an encounter with Christ and repent of their reign of terror.
  • That programs to alleviate poverty and unemployment will be launched in order for the region to be less volatile and for the people to have better lives.
  • That the church will be the hands and feet of Jesus in the region. That they will be known for their loving care of the poor so that God can be glorified through their actions.

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