Somali youth Flee Al-Shabaab Recruitment Campaign

Al-Shabaab militants have launched a forced recruitment campaign in Somalia's southwestern regions of Bay and Bakool, according to Somali officials.

The group, which controls large parts of both regions, is pressuring leaders of local villages to make sure the youth join its ranks, according to the governor of Bay region, Ali Wardhere Doyow.

He added that the group has been holding meetings for clan elders and told them to meet specific numbers of recruits from each clan. 
Doyow said many families and their children have fled their villages to larger towns in the Bay region, including Baidoa, Dinsor and Bardale.

The group is targeting families that have sons and have informed the elders that if a family has two sons, they will draft one as a militant; if they have three, they will take two of them.

The recruitment drive appears to have picked up in recent weeks. Last month, authorities in the coastal town of Adalle reported that more than 100 children who fled a Shabab recruitment campaign in the Galmudug region had arrived there. Authorities in the town of Bardhere report the arrival of 10 families who fled with their children because of Al-Shabaab recruitment efforts in the Gedo region.

The clan elders in different parts of Somalia have vowed to resist Al-Shabaab recruitment of their young ones into the militant group.


Al-Shabaab has abducted elders from Warshubo town located in the outskirt of Haradhere area of Mudug region. The action of the group follows the elders’ rejecting the directive of the terror group to recruit youth its behalf. 

The elders have been directed that within four months they enlist the youth into the ranks of the Al-Shabaab or face dire consequences.

A local who requested anonymity has divulged that he has been in contact with the elders who are currently under arrest in Haradhere. The elders were arrested on 1st July, 2017 from Warshubo area. 

Al-Shabaab is currently facing a severe military offensive from the Somali government and resorted to forcing the elders to forcefully recruit youth and offer resources in their fight against the Somali government.

Somali National Army and AMISOM forces have in the past carried out successful operations to flush out Al-shabaab terrorists from Somalia.

Mukhtar Robow renounces violence, quits Al shabaab

Former Al shabaab deputy leader and spokesman, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Ali known as "Abu Mansur" has announced on Tuesday he has quit the Al Qaeda-linked group, and renounced violence.

Speaking to the media in Mogadishu, Robow said he left Al shabab nearly six (6) years ago after falling out with the group over ideological differences that does not serve Islamic religion, people and the country.

“I would like to tell the people of Somalia and the International community at large, that I deserted Al shabaab five years and seven months ago after ideological diversity and creed-based disagreement," said Robow during the press conference.

Lastly, Robow, who co-founded Al shabaab thanked the Federal government of Somalia, the people and international community for their warm welcome as he arrived in Mogadishu.

The leader has surrendered to Somali forces in Hudur town, the regional capital of Bakol last Sunday in a surprise move that has weakened the terror group.  
He arrived in Mogadishu by special plane on Sunday afternoon from Hudur, along with Somalia's Minister of defence, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed, and other high-ranking government officials.

After his defection, Al shabaab has launched multiple attacks trying executing or capturing Robow. The former Al-Shabaab deputy leader called on the terror group members to defect and renounce the evil group.

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