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Niassa Special Reserve Reopens for Tourism

Niassa Special Reserve Reopens for Tourism

The Niassa Special Reserve, in northern Mozambique, will start receiving tourists again, after having suspended visits following armed attacks between December and January, said today, April 19, a source from the Niassa provincial government.

Faruk da Costa, head of Culture and Tourism in Niassa province, told public broadcaster Radio Mozambique that the reserve was safe again, thanks to the action of the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) against armed groups that attacked Mecula district, where the largest part of the reserve is located.

Costa pointed out that the reopening of the reserve for tourists will generate revenue and create job opportunities for the communities living around it.

The Niassa Special Reserve is the largest protected area in Mozambique, with 42,400 square kilometers, covering areas in the province that gives it its name and in Cabo Delgado province.

Between late 2021 and early 2022, Mecula was the scene of attacks by armed groups that the government assumes fled from neighboring Cabo Delgado province, where Mozambican and international forces have put the insurgents under pressure.

The attacks forced 3,700 residents to flee, but the actions of government forces and the difficulties of the armed groups in adapting to the terrain in Niassa province have helped restore tranquility in recent months.

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Cabo Delgado province is rich in natural gas but has been terrorized since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

There are 784,000 internally displaced people due to the conflict, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and some 4,000 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project.

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