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Children at Risk

At the height of the conflict, Human Rights Watch warned that Somalia’s warring parties put children in increasing danger, with insurgent group al-Shabab targeting children for recruitment, forced marriage and rape.


"For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe," said Zama Coursen-Neff, deputy children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch. "Al-Shabab rebels have abducted children from their homes and schools to fight, for rape and for forced marriage."

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