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Al Shabaab's Bloody Legacy For Somalia

al shabaab somalia politics current affairs commentary islam democracySo much for the Geneva Conventions. Al Shabaab in Somalia plays by its own sick rules where amputation of limbs is a frequently used tactic:

In the middle of the stony parade ground were about 20 militiamen in green fatigues. Their faces were masked. They were wearing surgical gloves. On the ground was a single plastic mattress.

 

Abdulle says he was made to lie down. His left hand was tied to his right ankle with a thick rope, leaving the other limbs free for what was to come. Rubber surgical tubing bit into his right biceps – a tourniquet. One rebel grabbed his hand, another his forearm. They pulled in opposite directions as a piece of plastic was laid over his wrist.

 

"Please make it quick," he pleaded.

 

A heavily built man drew a large wooden-handled knife normally used to slaughter camels. The knife descended.

 

Though their horror was far from over, Abdulle and the three other young men "cross amputated" – a process of cutting off a hand and foot from opposite sides of the body – by the Shabaab on 26 June 2009, eventually escaped from their Islamist captors, and managed to cross to the government-controlled side of the city.

It's long past time to stop this barbarism in Somalia.

Jonathon Narvey is the Editor of The Propagandist.

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