Street kids re­cruited

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - ANA-CAJ

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.

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