Somalian Children Forced to Watch Executions
Islamist militants in Somalia are forcing people, including children, to watch executions:
People in Merca said al-Shabaab militia patrolled the town with loudspeakers, demanding they attend the executions.
The militants also ordered schools to close for the day as they were keen for children to watch the two men being shot dead by a firing squad. Most of those at the execution, on a patch of open ground, are reported to have been women and children.
The militants apparently hope it will lead the kids to engaging in violent behavior. [More...]
The militant group al-Shabaab also hold contests:
It recently organised a quiz for young men in the southern town of Kismayo. The prizes included AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades and anti-tank mines. The aim, said al-Shabaab, was to stop young men from wasting time, and to focus on important things like defending their territory and their religion.
The group's goal is to establish "extreme Islamist rule, not only in Somalia but far beyond its borders."
More on the group here.
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