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Somali Teenagers Flee Al-Shabab Recruitment Campaign
Al-Shabab militants have launched what appears to be a forced recruitment campaign in Somalia's southwestern regions of Bay and Bakool, according to Somali officials.
The group, which controls large parts of both regions, is pressuring leaders of local villages to make sure teenagers join its ranks, according to the governor of Bay region, Ali Wardhere Doyow.
"They have been holding meetings for clan elders and told them to meet specific numbers of recruits they want collected...