Friday, May 17, 2024

Illegal Logs from Mozambique to China Help Finance Insurgency

 The Environmental Investigation Agency published on 14 May 2024 an announcement titled "Millions of Tons in Illegal Logs Shipped from Mozambique to China."

The Environmental Investigation Agency found that since 2017 an average of over 500,000 tons per year of timber has been exported from Mozambique to China in violation of the country's log export ban, and a portion of this trade also finances violent insurgents.  Chinese traders purchase "conflict timber" from Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah insurgents in Cabo Delgado province and export it alongside other logs.