Ex-Shabaab tell of cruelty, betrayal

2012-07-11 22:23

Mogadishu - Somalia military officials say defections from the militant group al-Shabaab are accelerating as Somali and African Union troops take new territory around Mogadishu.

Militants who abandon al-Shabaab risk retaliatory assassinations from fighters still loyal to the militia. A government-run program in Mogadishu houses several hundred former fighters, many of them teenagers. The programme provides meals, housing and courses on patriotism, anti-violence and religion.

Defector Mohamed Saeed, 18, said militants didn't dare share plans about defecting with even their closest battlefield friends. Trust, he said, could get you killed.

As al-Shabaab has lost its profit centers - the markets in Mogadishu the militants once taxed, for example - life on the battlefield became harder. Saeed said fighters often ate only one meal a day.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-11 22:46

    Well done to the AU forces for doing almost an impossible job with limited resources.

      Smell - 2012-07-12 01:25

      For once I agree with Fidel. Nice when Africa intervenes when required.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-11 23:30

    Good for the AU TROOPS and especially those from Uganda

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