Children constitute a large part of the militia recruited and used by the Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia. It is estimated over half of its force are children for example at least sixty (60) percent of Al-Shabaab militants captured in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region in March, 2016 were youngsters. Some of those children said they were approached with the promise of education and jobs.
Al-Shabaab uses the children in combat, with nine year olds taught to use weapons and sent to the frontlines. They are also used to transport explosives, carry out suicide attacks, carry ammunitions and perform domestic chores.
The terror group targets children in rural areas and forcefully recruits from schools and Madrassas where often teachers and parents are coerced into enlisting the children to the terror group.
Al-Shabaab recently paraded young children with guns in Jilib, Somalia during the Eid celebrations and has no future for the Somali society.