Al-Shabaab is a cold-hearted breed of violent extremists who have been involved in brutal executions that are condemned by Islam, the religion they claim to profess. The terrorist group has recently been threatening and abducting civilians in Somalia, Bay region to be specific. Their aim is to kidnap children from different families for indoctrination and military training.
Al-Shabaab has opened Islamic religious schools in areas under their control. Here, they teach children how to hold guns, types of guns and how to shoot. Worse of, they teach them how to detonate grenades. It is clear that by targeting young children, Al-Shabaab is trying to breed a future generation. They condition these children for evil against humanity. Children flee from their homes to as far as Ethiopia and Kenya seeking refuge from these indoctrination Islamic schools.
“This is not even the half of it. These heartless militant men and some brainwashed women abandon their own families to join the terrorist group”, an Al-Shabaab defector commented. “The men forcibly marry women in controlled areas and as result; the women are used as a way to continue their existence by giving birth to more potential terrorists.”
The Kenya Defense Force (KDF) with the help of AMISOM and Somalia National Army (SNA) are working closely with Somali locals to help curb this problem. The locals in Bay region believe that children are the future of the country and should be protected to achieved peace and stability. If these children were exposed to extremist ideologies and violence, then a thriving future of development of the Horn of Africa nation would be but a dream.