Tactics Institute Calls for Immediate Action to Address Escalating Threat from ISM Terror Group in Mozambique

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Tactics Institute, urgently calls for immediate action to address the surge of new attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State-Mozambique (ISM) terror group in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique. The recent escalation in violence poses a grave threat to regional security and peace, necessitating swift and decisive intervention.

In recent months, Mozambique has witnessed a surge in attacks by the ISM terror group, resulting in the displacement of thousands of civilians and widespread devastation. According to reports from reputable organizations such as Save the Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than 99,000 people, including 61,492 children, have fled their homes in Cabo Delgado since the beginning of 2024.

The situation has been further exacerbated by reports of heinous acts of violence, including beheadings, abductions, and attacks on schools. The ISM’s actions have not only led to the displacement of innocent civilians but have also caused significant disruptions to essential services and infrastructure.

Tactics Institute is deeply concerned about the alarming trends observed in the recent surge of attacks by the ISM terror group. The targeting of children, schools, and communities is a clear violation of international humanitarian law and represents a reprehensible tactic aimed at sowing fear and instability.

Moreover, the increase in the number of displaced persons, particularly women and children, underscores the urgent need for humanitarian assistance and protection. The lack of adequate shelter, food, and healthcare facilities further compounds the suffering of those affected by the conflict.

Tactics Institute condemns these barbaric acts in the strongest terms and calls on the Mozambican government to take immediate and decisive action to address the escalating crisis in Cabo Delgado. It is imperative that the government, in collaboration with regional and international partners, enhance efforts to counter the ISM threat and protect civilians from further harm.

Furthermore, the Tactics Institute emphasizes the importance of upholding international human rights standards and ensuring that perpetrators of violence are held accountable for their actions. The ISM’s flagrant disregard for human life and dignity constitutes a clear violation of fundamental rights and cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

The escalating activities of the ISM terror group pose a significant threat to the peace and stability of the entire region. The spread of violence and extremism in Mozambique has the potential to spill over into neighbouring countries, exacerbating existing tensions and conflicts. Moreover, the displacement of thousands of civilians and the destruction of vital infrastructure undermine efforts to promote economic development and social cohesion in the region. Without swift and coordinated action to address the root causes of the conflict and contain the spread of extremism, the stability of the entire Southern African region could be at risk.

In light of the escalating crisis, Tactics Institute calls on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict in Cabo Delgado. Immediate action is needed to address the humanitarian needs of displaced persons and ensure their safety and well-being.

Moreover, the Tactics Institute urges regional organizations such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to reevaluate their strategies for addressing the crisis in Mozambique. Enhanced coordination and collaboration among regional actors are essential to effectively combatting the ISM threat and restoring peace and stability in the region.

Tactics Institute urges the ISM terror group to immediately cease its violent activities and engage in constructive dialogue to resolve grievances through peaceful means. The international community must stand united in condemning terrorism in all its forms and work together to restore peace and stability in Mozambique.

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