Street kids recruited
MOGADISHU: Vulnerable Somali street children are falling prey to terrorist groups forcibly recruiting them, or enticing them into their ranks using money.
The Islamic militant al-Shabaab has emerged as the worst violator of international agreements regarding child soldiers.
Muktar Ali Issak, chairman of a disabled persons organisation in the southern Bay region, said 32 children had recently been recruited at markets where they often beg. “These street children will be recruited easily… with money.”
The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia also raised concern about children held in al-Shabaab detention centres.