Hundreds flee as Al Shabaab militants begin recruiting children
SEE ALSO :Kenya shuts border with Somalia in Lamu“Many people fled from their homes after Al-Shabaab started the aggressive child recruitment campaign. We call on the government to intervene ,” he said adding that many parents and children have fled homes to escape forced recruitment. The move comes months after a Human Rights Watch report accused the group of targeting children in its listing of members. “Al-Shabaab’s ruthless recruitment campaign is taking rural children from their parents so they can serve this militant armed group,” Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report released in January. “To escape that cruel fate, many children have fled school or their homes,” she added. Over the past decade, Al-Shabaab has recruited thousands of children, who have been indoctrinated and deployed to various battles.
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