‘Poorest forced to fund al-Shabab’

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By Lorlornyofm February 21, 2018 20:58

‘Poorest forced to fund al-Shabab’

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab is under financial pressure, prompting a drive to squeeze revenue out of poor rural communities, concludes an investigation by the Guardian newspaper.

The report says al-Shabab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers

One recent defector from central Somalia reportedly told government interrogators that the group forces “Muslims to pay for pretty much everything except entering the mosque”.

Another defector is quoted in the report as saying some people risked harsh punishments to listen in secret to the BBC.

BBC

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By Lorlornyofm February 21, 2018 20:58
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