What is driving increased violence in the French overseas department of Mayotte?

In 2009, the archipelago of Mayotte, nestled in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the African coast, voted in a referendum to become France’s newest overseas department. Many hoped the change would help the territory avoid the violence that plagued neighboring Comoros, which voted for independence in the 1970s. But 13 years later, the violence in the overseas department is worse than ever. Mayotte lawmaker Estelle Youssouffa, who warns that the islands are even at risk of civil war, joined us for Perspective.

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