HEADLINES:

Broken promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home

0
Saturday July 28, 2018 - 01:27:09 in Daily News by Journalist Bashiir
  • Visits: 1359
  • (Rating 0.0/5 Stars) Total Votes: 0
  • 0 0
  • Share via Social Media

    Broken promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home

    Broken promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home

    Share on Twitter Share on facebook Share on Digg Share on Stumbleupon Share on Delicious Share on Google Plus

Broken promises force al Shabaab recruits to return home Large numbers of youth who had been radicalised and tricked into joining the al shabaab terror group in Somalia are now returning home in droves.

The majority cited poor living conditions, mistreatment and lack of remuneration as reasons for the fallout.

"It is unfortunate the miserable conditions that made me leave home are the same conditions I have to live through everyday,” Omar, a returnee from Lamu County said.

Omar was recruited by his maternal uncle, a madrassa teacher in Hindi, Lamu County.

The uncle was their breadwinner after their father disappeared from home without a trace.

Read: Harsh conditions push Kenyan al Shabaab recruits to suicide

After completing Standard 8 in 2014, Omar’s uncle told his mother he would get a job for his nephew for him take care of his five siblings.

The mother was not suspicious since his uncle lived a comfortable life.

She never inquired about the job nor the location he was going.

Like Omar, most of the returnees said low quality of life and social exclusion are some of the reasons they had joined the group.

To their surprise, they found themselves living in the same conditions they had fled from when they joined the terror group.

Sheikh Abdul from Panda Nguo said the conditions were worse than at home.

"I know we are poor back home, but it is better to return, or die than live in those conditions. At home, I had never stayed for three days without food or a week without showering, but that it was something normal for the militants,” Abdul said.

None of the returnees have any financial or material gain to show for their time with the terrorists, contrary to the promises they were given.

More: Al Shabaab defectors tell their stories

Their hope for financial benefit was severely dampened by measly earnings.

Unlike Omar and Abdul, Rama Mohammed from Mombasa did not join al Shabaab because of poverty but his was an ideological pursuit.

He wanted to fight for Jihad – a narrative propagated by al shabaab.

He, however, laments that there is no Jihad al Shabaab are fighting for.

"I know I did everything to escape and come back home, but I’m afraid to face my mum. How do I tell her I killed other people’s mothers? She would never forgive me,” Rama said.

He is desperate for his mother’s forgiveness. He heard she has been unwell since he left.

"Janaa is at her feet, that is the only Jihad I now seek,” a sobbing Rama added.

Al shabaab supports a policy of looting and pillaging the local population in the environment they live in.

The proceeds are a reserve for leaders and leftovers are given to the local Somali born fighters.

This leaves the foreign fighters desperate and frustrated.

In addition to the poor living conditions, the continued aerial bombardment on the terrorists by Kenya Defence Forces and US Forces is an added strain to the foreign fighters to return.

Omar, Abdul and Rama are part of 10 militants who surrendered to the KDF troops last month.

They are undergoing rehabilitation, psychological support and security debrief at a secluded area before re-integration back into the society.  Source:thestar


Share on Social Media

Hormuud telecom and Al-Shabaab's Strategy of Destroying Mobile Communication Masts

Hormuud's Assault on African Peacekeepers Figure 14: African Peace Keepers Hormuud launched a scorching public campaign against the Kenyan military forces in AMISOM in late August 2019. Full Article

 

Hormuud Telecom, Taaj Express, Salaam Bank iyo Dahabshiil Money Transfer directly pay taxes to Al-Shabaab.

But Al-Shabaab derives the bulk of its funding for its operations from taxing business people and most lucrative companies in Mogadishu and control of most businesses in rural Somalia. 51 -Over the years, the terrorist group has established a well-structured and oiled taxation infrastructure supported by courts, road tolls, and loyal revenue payers. At the edge of the knife, the group's operatives demands that all business people and companies pay tax to its agents. Full Article

 

Al-Shabaab collected an estimated $20 million dollars from South Somalia alone - Per month

Al-Shabaab is more than just a terrorist group. In 2011, its annual revenue was in the region of $70–100 million per year. In 2018, the President of the Somali Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) confirmed that Al-Shabaab collected an estimated $20 million dollars from South Somalia alone. Full Article

 

Hormuud Telecom pays an estimated $200,000 every month to the Al-Shabaab

"Hormuud pays an estimated $200,000 every month to the Al-Shabaab", said a former head of Amniyat and now a top official of Somali government intelligence agency tracking Al-Shabaab movements. Full Article

 

Somalia: Al-Shabaab taxation via a network Hormuud Telecom $30,000 per day – $10 million a year.

UN Report says Al Shabab militants run tax system to rival Somalia's federal government Via Hormuud Telecom. Full Article

 

Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader to seek elected office

Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader to seek elected office Full Article

 

Somali security forces arrest Al Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu

Somali security forces arrest Al Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu Full Article

 

Deadly blast hits AU forces in Somalia

Deadly blast hits AU forces in Somalia Full Article

 

Somalia: Al-Shabaab attacks hotel in Barawe

Somalia: Al-Shabaab attacks hotel in Barawe Full Article

 

Somalia, US forces arrest 10 militants in Basra operation

Somalia, US forces arrest 10 militants in Basra operation Full Article

 


Leave a comment

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip


COVID-19 guidance for journalists and media houses in Somalia

ASOJ.ORG - Associated Somali Journalists has today published New guidance (advices) setting out how journalists and media houses in Somalia can meet their media duties as they navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Somali Goverment turned Into an instrument of Revenge.

Remember Somali Goverment hijacked the elections of Hirshabelle, Southwest, and Galmudug states, while Jubbaland and Puntland people have fended their states from being aggressively and corruptly hijacked like other three states.

U.S. and EU Diplomats Support President Farmajo to Tear Somalia Apart

After 30 years of dictatorship and civil war, the Somali people pulled off a qualified consensus on forming a new state that is different from the obliterated one. The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia is vested with the awesome responsibility and authority to steer the formation of the new state. Successive elected presidents strived to some extent to fulfill their awesome responsibilities with the exception of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo who strived to tear Somalia apart for good.

Hormuud telecom and Al-Shabaab's Strategy of Destroying Mobile Communication Masts

Hormuud's Assault on African Peacekeepers Figure 14: African Peace Keepers Hormuud launched a scorching public campaign against the Kenyan military forces in AMISOM in late August 2019.

Hormuud Telecom, Taaj Express, Salaam Bank iyo Dahabshiil Money Transfer directly pay taxes to Al-Shabaab.

But Al-Shabaab derives the bulk of its funding for its operations from taxing business people and most lucrative companies in Mogadishu and control of most businesses in rural Somalia. 51 -Over the years, the terrorist group has established a well-structured and oiled taxation infrastructure supported by courts, road tolls, and loyal revenue payers. At the edge of the knife, the group's operatives demands that all business people and companies pay tax to its agents.

COVID-19 guidance for journalists and media houses in Somalia

ASOJ.ORG - Associated Somali Journalists has today published New guidance (advices) setting out how journalists and media houses in Somalia can meet their media duties as they navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Full Article

 

Somali Goverment turned Into an instrument of Revenge.

Remember Somali Goverment hijacked the elections of Hirshabelle, Southwest, and Galmudug states, while Jubbaland and Puntland people have fended their states from being aggressively and corruptly hijacked like other three states. Full Article

 

U.S. and EU Diplomats Support President Farmajo to Tear Somalia Apart

After 30 years of dictatorship and civil war, the Somali people pulled off a qualified consensus on forming a new state that is different from the obliterated one. The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia is vested with the awesome responsibility and authority to steer the formation of the new state. Successive elected presidents strived to some extent to fulfill their awesome responsibilities with the exception of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo who strived to tear Somalia apart for good. Full Article

 

Somaliland:Government Blocks Entry of Alternative Fibre Optic Cable

Waagacusub.com - The government of Somaliland denied that it had any advance information of a submarine fibre optic internet cable entering the country from Berbera. Full Article

 

Hormuud telecom and Al-Shabaab's Strategy of Destroying Mobile Communication Masts

Hormuud's Assault on African Peacekeepers Figure 14: African Peace Keepers Hormuud launched a scorching public campaign against the Kenyan military forces in AMISOM in late August 2019. Full Article

 

Hormuud telecom and Al-Shabaab's Strategy of Destroying Mobile Communication Masts

Hormuud's Assault on African Peacekeepers Figure 14: African Peace Keepers Hormuud launched a scorching public campaign against the Kenyan military forces in AMISOM in late August 2019. Full Article

 

Former Intel official stripped from NISA membership

Former Intel official stripped from NISA membership Full Article

 

PM KHEYRE USELESS AND COSTY OVERSEAS TRIPS.

PM KHEYRE USELESS AND COSTY OVERSEAS TRIPS. Full Article

 

Abiy says 'New Year' will be celebrated in Eritrea, Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights

Abiy says 'New Year' will be celebrated in Eritrea, Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights Full Article

 

Massive rise in Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Massive rise in Islamist militant attacks in Africa Full Article