Terrorism: Joaquim Chissano advocates social cohesion to prevent youth recruitment

Terrorismo: Joaquim Chissano defende coesão social para evitar recrutamento de jovens

The former head of state, Joaquim Chissano, today called for "effective social cohesion" in the country to prevent the recruitment of young people into the ranks of terrorist groups in northern Mozambique.

According to the former head of state, the country is facing a "hidden enemy". To this end, "we need effective social cohesion so that our young people and community members are not engaged in the terrorist cause".

Joaquim Chissano, who was speaking during the national conference on "Peace, Security, Reconciliation and Development", which is taking place in Maputo, considered social cohesion to be an important element in the context of conflict and insecurity in the country, saying that the concept contributes to "building resilience mechanisms" in communities in the face of violence.

For Joaquim Chissano, Mozambique is facing an enemy that is still hidden, which does not present its demands, leadership or objectives.

"This is a model of so-called hidden terrorism, where there is no agenda, but there are continuous terrorist acts against populations and institutions," said the former president, quoted by Lusa.

Cabo Delgado province has been facing armed insurgency for almost six years, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

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