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Project July 23, 2021

The Hidden Story Behind The Fight For Cabo Delgado

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Since 2017, conflict in Cabo Delgado has displaced over 700,000 people and killed thousands more. Tranquil fishing towns once popular with tourists have been ravaged by ISIS-affiliated militants who have propelled the insurgency to the global stage.

This multimedia project, which involved The Telegraph and other outlets, will explore why this conflict is happening.

So far, this underreported conflict has mostly been characterized as the spread of terrorism in Africa, but its root causes and drivers are far more complex. We’ll move beyond coverage of individual events and extremism narratives and examine instead the fight over natural gas, precious stones and illicit trade. We’ll also investigate how decades of political, social and economic disenfranchisement created ripe conditions for an emergent insurgency.

By examining the cultural and economic drivers of this war, this project will work to address why it is being perpetuated.

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