Jun 19, 2020

Preying on the defenseless

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Al Shabaab militants have raided a children’s home and kidnapped several children in a village south of Dhobely town. The evil struck in the wee hours of the morning when the children were fast asleep. The begun by spraying bullets at the security personnel who were guarding the gates killing all three instantly.

Hope Children Home mainly harbor orphans whose parents lost their lives through terrorism wrath. At the time of the attack, it had more than 300 children. 10 children between the ages of 5-10 were shot dead, while at least 20 are nursing serious injuries. Two 5 years old are in the Intensive Care Unit after undergoing operations to remove bullets launched in their bodies.

It was established more than 30 children who were kidnapped were all girls as the boys were separated and left behind. This leaves a lot of unanswered questions as to why they were very specific on getting girls. There have been allegations that the Al Shabaab militias kidnap girls to use them as sex objects. The girls are used as tools for procreation to create the next generation of terrorists. Some are raped, killed and dumped in the forest for wild animals.

Some of the girls who survived the ordeal testify of a very gruesome experience in the hands of the terrorists. Many of them are HIV positive and they spoke of multiple rape experiences by more than 10 fighters.

This is the fourth children’s home to be attacked by Al Shabaab in a span of 3 months. The militants have always claimed to be fighting for the oppressed and the Muslims in the society, but it always turns that they do the exact opposite of what they advocate for. The Somalia government in collaboration with AMISOM have embarked on search and rescue efforts to save the poor angels from the jaws of the oppressors. The authorities have urged the locals to cooperate with the security apparatus to ensure that harmony is restored across the region.


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