Worrying as Al-Shabaab Child Soldier Increase in Jihadist Camps: UN Report

Al-Shabaab Child Soldiers OSINT SUMMARY

June 17, 2016, according to a report by UN Children's Fund, there could be about 5,000 child soldiers in Somalia as Al-Shabaab continues to woo them into their camps.

In an interview with VOA Somali, UNICEF chief communication Susannah, the Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist group in Somalia continues to recruit and use young children as soldiers, often used as human shield during attacks.

Price said the number of child soldiers in Al-Shabaab is surprisingly high. Al-Shabaab recruit children through persuasion, sometimes giving money or food, at times they target vulnerable displaced persons in camps who are easy target.

Apart from being in the jihadist camps, in the past Somalia was known to enlist children as young as 9 years in Somali armed forces—UNICEF.

Price spoke Thursday during commemoration of the Day of the African Child under the theme "Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting All Children's Rights.

Price finally called on Somali to prioritize the protection of children's rights and the creation of a safer environment for her children.

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