Al-Shabaab targets transit goods trucks


Al-Shabaab has in the last one week burnt down a total of 12 trucks that were carrying goods destined for Afgoye town, Lower Shabelle. The trucks that were carrying charcoal were stopped at a checkpoint manned by al-Shabaab militia when they were shortly torched and burnt down crippling innocent businessmen.


This is an intimidation and the display of the consequences businessmen face for not paying taxes to al-Shabaab. The group has imposed an illegal form of taxation and it uses religion as an excuse.


The checkpoints are meant to mint money to nourish al-Shabaab’s leadership and it often goes to the pockets of individuals.
 

Al-Shaabab opts for clan politics to tackle armed rivals


Terror group al-Shabaab has started using clannism and tribalism to counter Maawisley, a rival armed group that consists of civilians who took up arms to resist al-Shabaab’s rule.

Following defeats in the battlefield, the group has forced some civilians to demonstrate and denounce maawisley falsely accusing them of belonging to one clan.

The civilians who took part in the demonstration were forced at gun point to denounce maawisley group and call them names.

This is a desperate attempt by the murderous group al-Shabaab to divide people along tribal lines in order to rule them with utmost control. The group is facing less political support and armed groups like maawisley are a threat to its existence.

It has been weakened both financially and militarily and it has resorted to intimidation and division to continue its cruelty against the Somali population.
 

How al-Shabaab recruits child soldiers

 

On the 12th of February 2019, the word has marked International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, to shed light on the rising exploitation of children in armed conflicts.

In Somalia, child abductions are a common occurrence almost exclusively conducted by the blood-sucking murderous group al-Shabaab in order to forcibly recruit them as child soldiers.

In mid-January 2019, the group abducted more than 60 school-going children in El-garas in Bakool region in a desperate move to replenish its number of soldiers that continue to be decimated en-masse every day.

Throughout its history, al-Shabaab has threatened and abducted civilians to force communities to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training across Somalia.

Al-Shabab has ordered elders, teachers in Islamic religious schools, and communities in rural areas to provide hundreds of children as young as 8 or face attack, revealing how desperate the group has become after losing political support and a dwindling number of soldiers at its disposal.

After the children as young as 8 are abducted, they are put into indoctrination centers and are brainwashed into believing al-Shabaab’s wrong ideologies. The children are soon after used as suicide bombers in attacks against innocent civilians.

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