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Mozambique Fighters Beheading Children As Young As 11 – Aid Agency

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A United Kingdom based aid agency, Save the Children has on Tuesday said Islamist militants are beheading children as young as 11 in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Since an Islamist insurgency began in 2017, the escalation of violence in the province has killed more than 2,500 persons and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Save the Children says it had spoken to displaced families who described “horrifying scenes” of murder, including mothers whose young sons were killed. In one case, the woman hid, helpless, with her three other children as her 12-year-old was murdered nearby.

According to the aid agency quoting a 28-year-old Elsa as saying “we tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him,” adding that “we couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.”

One mother told the agency she had had to watch as her 12-year-old son was killed in this way close to where she was hiding with her other children.

While another woman said her son had been killed by militants while she and her other three children had been forced to flee.

She added “after my 11-year-old son was killed, we understood that it was no longer safe to stay in my village.”

“We fled to my father’s house in another village, but a few days later the attacks started there too.”

The country director of Save the Children in Mozambique, Chance Briggs said the reports of attacks on children “sicken us to our core”.

Briggs said “Our staff have been brought to tears when hearing the stories of suffering told by mothers in displacement camps.”

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Thousands Facing Hunger Over Mozambique Crisis – UN

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The United Nations says thousands of people are facing hunger as a result of the crisis in Mozambique. Several days of attacks in Palma last month were targeted at foreign workers and expatriates. Reports say the attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee.  Jihadists killed dozens of people in the five-day assault. At least 50,000 have been displaced – some to remote areas.

UN World Food Programme says the crisis in northern Mozambique is adding to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. The agency says close to a million persons affected by the conflict in northern Mozambique are facing severe hunger, many lacking proper shelter.  The agency says malnutrition among children is also on the rise.

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Nigeria Heightens Security On Border With Chad

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Nigeria’s minister of defence Bashir Magashi says the country has heightened security on its border with chad following president Idris Deby’s killing by rebels.

The minister says this is because of external threats that would come from the influx of refugees. Magashi says only Nigerians living in Chad will be allowed back into the country.

Nigeria borders Chad in the north-east where Boko Haram militants have been active recently. Chadian soldiers have been part of the troops battling insecurity in west Africa.

Chad is seen as an important country to the international efforts to combat insecurity in the west African region.

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Ghana: NCA To Shut Down 49 TV Stations For Operating Without License

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Ghana has shut down what it called 49 illegal television stations. The National Communications Authority says broadcasting by too many stations would affect signals. Authorities say the TV stations were being shut down because they were unlicensed. They say the action will ensure efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.

At least 146 TV channels are currently authorized to operate.

The process of shutting down unlicensed stations is being done in collaboration with the police and intelligence agents.

The NCA says it continuously monitors satellite free-to-air television platforms.

More than 50 radio stations were shut down in a similar exercise in 2017.

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