For hours, Biche Oliveira has been standing on the beach of Quirimba Island, watching young men unload bags of food from a dhow. A large part of the island’s population is here because once a month the United Nations’ World Food Programme distributes food. Just before it is his turn, Oliveira pulls out a photo from his pocket. “This is my daughter Muanarabo,” he says. In April 2020, the 16-year-old was abducted here by Islamists. At that time, the militants attacked the island. They murdered two residents, looted food, and set the head of administration’s house on fire. Angry and distressed: Biche Oliveira The local head of administration confirms: Thirty residents have been missing since the attack, most of them girls. This is news that the outside world of the island without electricity and telephone network has still not heard, almost a year later. ‘We make them our wives’ “They are bad people after all,” says Oliveira, who works as a wheelbarrow transporter. “They come from far away, take our children away and don’t say why or what they want. I’m sad, angry — I just don’t understand what this is all about.” Issa Hamissi was there when Muanarabo was abducted…. Read full this story
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