Somalia: Fighting al-Shabaab terrorism with amnesty for defectors

The Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab has been waging a campaign of violence in Somalia for more than a decade.


Their aim is to replace the UN-backed government and impose Islamic law.

An African Union force has managed to seize back control of many cities including the capital Mogadishu.

But al-Shabaab still controls around 20 percent of the country.

To weaken the organization the government is offering amnesty to some militants who leave al-Shabaab.

Some of these defectors are in a rehabilitation center in southern Somalia.

DW’s Melanie Cura Daball got exclusive access.

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