McClatchy: Kenyan Fighters in Somalia Insurgency

30.11.08

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Kenyan men have been drawn into Somalia’s brutal insurgency, on the side of the hardline Al Shabab Islamic group. This according to McClatchy newspapers:

With its porous border and large ethnic Somali population, Kenya has become a major conduit for money, weapons and fighters for the Somali insurgency, and a place where injured fighters sometimes come to receive medical treatment. The Kenyan recruits likely numbered in the hundreds, but they were rarely the most serious fighters.

What motivates the fighters? It ain’t religion or ideology, the agency claims:

“They promised me $300 a month,” said Ali Abdi Ahmed, a 38-year-old with sunken cheeks who was recruited from the Kenyan town of Garissa early last year. At the time, he’d lacked steady work for several months, so he took the advice of a town elder and went to help fight Ethiopian forces in Somalia. 

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