The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it will provide $14 million of taxpayer funds annually for the next decade to Cabo Delgado, a province of Mozambique in East Africa. That nation’s state-run media confirmed the aid is intended to assist with rebuilding the area after it was damaged by Islamic terrorists recently.
Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland announced the funding allocation at a press conference with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi in the national capital of Maputo. She said that in addition to rebuilding, the funding would be used for training locals for employment and “discouraging them from being recruited by the terrorists.”
Nuland posted a tweet on Wednesday announcing the meeting to “discuss U.S. support for security, stabilization, prosperity, health, and peace in Mozambique.”
Cabo Delgado is a province on the Indian Ocean coast that was overrun by Islamic jihadist terrorists early last year. They effectively shuttered the economy in the region when they forced the closure of a massive French company’s natural gas processing plant near the city of Palma in April 2021.
The natural gas processing facility was the largest source of foreign investment in Africa before it was forced to halt operations.
The jihadist group that conducted the raid on Palma is known as “Al-Shabaab.” It had hundreds of local terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The organization is not the same as the Al-Shabaab operating in Somalia, which is loyal to al-Qaeda.
The Mozambique Al-Shabaab group attacked Palma on March 24 last year and laid siege to the community that was home to mostly foreign workers for the French energy company operating the gas plant.
The terrorists took over local residences, businesses, and military facilities. ISIS claimed responsibility for the raid on the resort town on March 29, 2021, through its online propaganda outlet. They claimed they caused the deaths of 55 Mozambique nationals and Christians “including contractors from outside the country.”
Nuland also discussed food security with the Mozambique president. The African continent is suffering from a general drought this year and food supplies have been threatened by import disruptions caused by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
She said that the U.S. would provide an additional $40 million in food aid, particularly directed to Cabo Delgado. The U.S. government is also providing a grant of ten million doses of COVID-19 vaccine purchased from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.