The Human Rights Watch has released a report that states al-Shabaab has increased its recruitment of children, even as young as the age of 8. Al-Shabaab ordered Islamic elders and teachers in communities, specifically in rural areas, to provide hundreds of children for the terrorist group. If these leaders did not do as they were told, al-Shabaab said that they would attack and destroy the communities. This has been taking place since September of last year and has helped keep them an active terrorist organization even with the government increasing pressure.
2018-01-15 Kenya (TheStar) Al Shabaab is recruiting more children to fight in their ranks, a new Human Rights Watch report released on Monday has revealed.
The report says the terrorist group has been on the accelerated recruitment drive since late September 2017.
HRW says Shabaab ordered elders, teachers in Islamic religious schools, and communities in rural areas to provide hundreds of children as young as 8 or face attack.
The armed group’s increasingly aggressive child recruitment campaign started in mid-2017 with reprisals against communities that refused.
Hundreds of children many accompanied have fled homes to escape forced recruitment, the report shows.
“Al Shabab’s ruthless recruitment campaign is taking rural children from their parents so they can serve this militant armed group,” Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, said.
“To escape that cruel fate, many children have fled school or their homes,” she added.