Kenya Recruits Somali Refugees to Fight Islamists Back Home in Somalia | Human Rights Watch

(Hagadera Refugee Camp, Kenya) – For months, 18-year-old Ahmed Abdullahi had dodged the mortar shells that whizz daily through Mogadishu, the war-ravaged capital of Somalia. The one that finally drove him from Somalia tore though his family’s house and ripped a cousin to bits, splattering Ahmed with blood and body parts.Dodging bullets and bandits, Ahmed fled with his mother across Somalia’s southern border to Hagadera, one of three refugee camps in the deserts of Dadaab, in northeast Kenya. Ahmed obediently fetched firewood and water for his mother but couldn’t find a job. Then one day in early October, he vanished. Friends said a recruiter had lured him into a covert force of Somali refugees that the Kenyan government is training to help Somalia’s internationally backed transitional government fight the extremist Islamist group Al-Shabaab.

Kenya Recruits Somali Refugees to Fight Islamists Back Home in Somalia | Human Rights Watch

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